Opportunity with Kazakh Community
If you haven’t already met Daka, he is one of our missionaries working with foreign students at the University of Houston. Many of these students come from countries not that hospitable to the Gospel. Their choice of schooling(US) has made them ripe for harvest, and Daka works tirelessly to share the Hope of Christ to students that are more open to listening to him In parallel to this, every Monday he leads a bible study called Damashka, for Kazakhs and other Russian-speaking students.
This is a time of worship, prayer, teaching, and fellowship that culminates in a shared meal. They average about 20-25 students, and usually 2 to 4 of them could be unsaved visitors. Most speak Russian and the evening is conducted in Russian with translators for us English speakers. Several of our members have been to this many times, and tell us it is a blessing to partake. The singing is in English and Russian, and it’s wonderful to see how prayers are offered in different cultures.
Would you consider providing a meal on just one of these Monday nights? It would mean providing a main dish that can serve up to 25 people, along with a side like a salad or vegetable. Daka and the students will provide the drinks, eating ware, and desserts. (But you may also provide an additional dessert if you feel inclined.)
The Bible study is in the home of Steve Fast, off Braeswood in Houston—a few miles from the 59/Sam Houston interchange. The evening starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends around 10:30-11:00 p.m., with the meal happening around 9:00 p.m. If you decide to provide a dinner you are encouraged to stay, worship and fellowship with the students. They love to practice their English with you, get to know you, and likewise share their lives with you. The language barrier may seem uncomfortable at first, but after a little while you don’t notice it, and it’s fun to learn Russian along the way.
If you have children bring them along, although I know it’s a late night. The students love children, as many of them have younger brothers/sisters back home. If you’re an empty-nester, this is a great opportunity to meet other teens and young adults and share the wisdom you’ve accumulated in raising your own. As foreign students they don’t get a lot of adult interaction and wisdom, and your time will be a well spent investment. They have dreams, fears, and are dealing with the same pressures that most students have to deal with at their age, without the benefit of wise parents nearby.
You can commit to as little as one time, just to see what it’s like. If it’s something you would like to continue doing, we’ll work a rotation that meets your schedule and will not overtax you. This is not only a great opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also to provide a hospitable meal under which the Gospel will be shared. And finally, it’s just a great, fun, cultural experience.
Please prayerfully consider if this is something you might be interested in. If you are interested or have any further questions please contact Mark Jorgensen at Mark.Jorgensen@airliquide.com or 832-215-0625.