Mission Trip to Bishkek

January 06, 2023 | by Steve Elliott

Mission Trip to Bishkek

US Team with the Bishop Eduard Khegay of the Eurasia Episcopal Area which includes Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Kazakhstan

Mission Trip to Kyrgyzstan

There will be a Cal-Nev Conference mission trip in March 2023 to Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan from Thursday March 2nd to Saturday March 11th.
In Kyrgyzstan, Islam is the main religion, but the constitution guarantees freedom of religion.  There are UMC churches in Kyrgyzstan, and Bishkek UMC and the UMC churches in its vicinity maintain a relationship with UMC churches in our Western Jurisdiction.  Although Christians are a minority in Kyrgyzstan, UMC churches are growing.                                                   

The mission team will visit the UMC churches in Bishkek to see how the churches are planted and nurtured.  Specifically, the team will join a retreat of Bishkek UMC at Lake Issyk-Kul. Lake Issyk-Kul is the seventh deepest and the tenth-largest lake in the world and there are beautiful retreat centers around it.
Bishkek UMC has an English ministry for international medical school students in Bishkek.  Most of students in these international medical schools are from India and Pakistan.  While these Indian and Pakistan students are traditionally Hindi or Muslim, they visit Bishkek UMC for fellowship and community.  Bishkek UMC provides worship and bible study for them. 
During Spring break, Bishkek UMC also offers a spiritual formation retreat in English at Lake Issyk-Kul. For this retreat they need English-speaking guest speakers and small group leaders.  UMC churches in the US have sent teams to support this retreat for the last several years but stopped due to the pandemic. As Bishkek UMC plans to resume this retreat, we are planning to go and help.     

With the support of the Cal-Nev Conference Committee and Mission Service), the total costs for the mission trip for each person would be around $1,500-2,000. If you have any interest in joining the team, have questions or would like more information, please contact CCMS chair, Justin Ryu (justincryu@gmail.com). In any case, if you don't receive any response after sending an email to Justin in 24 hours, please contact him through his phone (send him a text to 408-963-9517).

Steve Elliott serves a the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response & UMVIM Coordinator (Director).

Steve Elliott
Conference Disaster Response & UMVIM Coordinator (Director)
(925) 640-9797

Jessie Conklin
Young People’s and Camping/Retreat Ministries and Disaster Response/Volunteers in Mission
(916) 374-1528