I came to Christ 19 years ago, and since then I’ve been sharing the Gospel with Uzbek women. There have been incredible attacks: I have been insulted, humiliated, taken to the police, threatened, and frightened. People have wanted to throw stones at me. They would look at me and say: “I hate you.” There have been disappointments, falls, pain, and tears. I am not boasting or complaining but only purposing to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.
Over the years, many Uzbek women have accepted Christ, many have become true disciples. They preach the Gospel in their villages and cities. Recently, we visited a family of new believers in a village. The grandmother asked me to talk to her grandson. Usually, I do not share the Gospel with men but I could not refuse her request. This young man said: “I have everything: work, money, friends, but I am not happy. I have no peace or joy in my heart.” There was an amazing presence of the Lord there. After his many questions, he asked Jesus into his life. We gave him the Inzhil, New Testament, in Uzbek.
In my last trip to Tashkent, my own brother attacked me. At that moment, yes, there was pain, but the Lord allowed it for my growth, to love and serve Him no matter what. Maybe my brother will never change his attitude towards me, but I will always love him, regardless.
I have such ease in my heart, and incredible peace. I am thankful for my husband, the best husband on this earth. He supports and encourages me in my ministry. This is our real life, true life, life of faith, despite difficulties, pains, tears, disappointments. In it, there are always adventures of faith. We cannot live a different life. – Makhfuza