A couple of weeks ago our time in Istanbul came to an end as we packed up, said goodbye to our new friends, and then headed off to the airport at 4am to catch a short flight to Tbilisi, Georgia.
When we arrived in Georgia we expected to be in the midst of urbanity once again, but to our surprise, while we were still technically inside of the 1.1 million-person city of Tbilisi, we found ourselves living on the side of a mountain surrounded by fields, cows, and silence. This was quite the change from fast-paced, noisy Istanbul! While we loved Istanbul and would not trade our time there for anything, the peace and the quiet were very welcome and gave us much needed rest even in the midst of ministry!
Some of our time spent in Tbilisi was spent running around preparing logistics for the next phase in our journey but we still had ample opportunity to work with the local YWAM base and partner with them in some ministry opportunities. After getting an orientation to ministering to Georgian people from the local leaders we had the chance to run a 2 day kids camp, travel with local partners to see some of their other work in the country, visit and participate in a service at the international church, and get to know and serve our local partners. Our time in Georgia was short, just under 1 week, but a great chance to get out of the city, make some new friends, and enjoy all that God had planned for us there! As we prepared to leave Georgia we headed out to the airport on our way to our next, and final (for this outreach) destination, a place that will not be named.
We have been here, in this unnamed place, for just a few days but have already had the opportunity to meet up with friends, some old (for a couple of us) and many new. Chances to serve, bless, and partner with the local workers here abound. Already we have begun working with childcare for some local workers, teaching English to people from the community, building relationships with girls who have come out of the foster system, and generally connecting with the local community of workers. We are very much looking forward to continuing to build these relationships and experiencing what God does through this process!
On Behalf of the Central Asia Team