Like so many young people growing up in Central Asia, Ulzhan* was headed for destruction. Throughout the former Soviet countries, increasing numbers of youth are turning to alcohol and drugs. Ulzhan needed larger and larger quantities of alcohol and drugs to fill the hole in his soul. When Jesus came into his life through the church, everything changed. Life became meaningful. Today, he serves God in often very stressful circumstances in Central Asia. Open Doors recently spoke to the now underground church leader at a secret location. In this rare interview, Ulzhan reveals how God grabbed hold of his heart, how he fiercely prayed for his Muslim parents, and how God uses persecution to grow His Church.
How does he see the future of the Church and Europe?
What made him write a letter to Pope Benedict XVI and later to Pope Francis?
What is his opinion about the migration crisis?
And last but not least: what is his message for young people?
Nicholas is a Senior Translator and Conference Interpreter living in Canada. Through his work as both liaison and conference interpreter, he is in frequent contact with policymakers on both the national and international level. He is a practicing Catholic, a father of 4 children. S4C asked him as a Canadian and as a Christian about the recent events that shocked the public worldwide.
In the summer of 2017, the Maiduguri bishop from Nigeria Oliver Dashe Doeme visited Hungary. Previously he had gained fame because of a vision in which Jesus promised him the termination of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. The bishop gave a lecture at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and later offered an exclusive interview to 777blog, which we now publish in its entirety.
Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. Unfortunately, in Western Societies, religious persecution is something we are uncomfortable speaking about because it often remains hidden behind the walls of political correctness. If we want to talk openly about Christian persecution, we must begin by tearing those politically correct walls down.
Tristan Azbej is head of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians in Hungary. In the interview that follows he explains to S4C that the Deputy Secretariat’s relief programme part of the ‘Hungary Helps’ initiative for persecuted Christians that helps not only Christians but also people of other religions in need. Azbej says that that aid cannot be discriminative and goes on to point out the programme is efficient and achieves concrete results.
Interview with Tristan Azbej.