My Trip to Kyrgyzstan

The people in Kyrgyzstan are a lot like you and me.

Pacific Crossroads has a ministry partner in Kyrgyzstan. This Summer our church is sending three or four consecutive teams there. We’re looking for people of any skill set to join (those interested in children, youth and family ministry, medical professionals, musicians, artists, counselors, etc.). Our goals is to sign up 40 people by mid-February. More info to follow.

Hey guys! Have you ever been overseas to a foreign land? Well I have, and it is inspiring. Last summer I went to Kyrgyzstan. Now you may be thinking, “What the heck? I have never even heard of that place!” Let me tell you a little bit about it.

The city of Bishkek (where we were) was very interesting. The city sounded like a mixture of cats meowing, horns honking, and, in the morning, Muslims chanting their morning prayers. My nose met the smell of car exhaust, morning coffee, and trash burning. Sometimes I had to plug my nose because it smelled so bad. If you can come to Kyrgyzstan I would suggest trying the circle bread and fizz boom candy, but I would stay away from the fermented sour cream and cheese milk.

As we drove up the mountains I saw beautiful rolling hills with interesting plants and beautiful flowers. In the mountains it smelled like Febreze had met the wild. The mountains sounded like the soft footfalls of horseshoes and running water. It was wonderful getting to experience all these sensations.

Now I have told you about the place, but I haven’t told you about the people or culture. The people in Kyrgyzstan are a lot like you and me. They like to play games like one they call “Duck” which is basically Monkey in the Middle. Kids in Kyrgyzstan also like to swim and do crafts. Our own team helped set up three make-shift swimming pools for the kids.

The work wasn’t hard, but we had been awake for thirty-six hours and were deliriously tired. The culture in Kyrgyzstan is mostly Muslim, and whenever we would get up in the morning we would hear the Muslim call to worship. Even though the people live in an unusual setting, they are very happy. The children were very kind and happy. I even received a letter from a person I met there.

Finally, let me tell you about the not so great things about Kyrgyzstan. Unfortunately, the flight takes twenty-four hours, layovers and all! The good news is you don’t go to Kyrgyzstan all by yourself! You have a team of eight to twelve people going with you. This is helpful because you will need prayer, encouragement, and jokes. When you go to Kyrgyzstan you will make friends and grow closer to Jesus.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to go to Kyrgyzstan and teach the kids about the gospel. If you cannot go to Kyrgyzstan you can donate to the church in Kyrgyzstan or you can tell other people about this great opportunity.



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  • Candice Balish Kelsey

    What a well written and thoughtful piece!

  • Kristine Eller

    I think this is so well-written and such a delightful read that it deserves an award!

  • Grant Kinman

    I am inspired and enlightened. Thanks for sharing!