Profile: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

October 11, 2017 at 6:00 AM


(Join us as we take a closer look at each of our ministry partners from the viewpoints of the ministry directors. Three to four ministries will be profiled per month, so check back often to learn more about the Luke Society's 42 ministry partners.)

Profile: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan




Ministry: Higher Ground Development Centre
Location: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
Director: Mahabat Hurayka
Established: 2000
Employees: 5



Q&A with the Director

Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: The most important component in a rehab program for patients after strokes.

Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: We were helping old people with washing and cooking. One day, a very poor man with few relatives had a stroke. He could no longer speak, but in his eyes I could see he was praying for help. There was no rehabilitation for him and no one who cared for him. Soon, he died. I began to ask, "Why am I a nurse if all I do is check blood pressure?" I shared my concern about these kinds of people with the other sisters. We began to pray for a way to learn more about how to help people after strokes. Sometime after this, we received training from a visiting physician in how to help rehabilitate people after strokes.

Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: Kyrgyzstan has the second highest rate of stroke in the world. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability in this country. Naryn's high attitude and malnutrition are the causes of stroke. Of course, stress and social conditions also affect people. Harsh climate leads to economic decline for most families. The religious climate is that more and more people are drawn to fanaticism and darkness. Dangers are from the law and religious fanatics.

Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: We’re looking for them, and when we find them, all of our heart and compassion is for helping them change their stereotype of uselessness and telling them they have a hope for recovery. Building trust relationships needs time. During the serving we try catch a moment share a story about their situation from God's Word. Regular attendance creates a condition without fear to open their heart. We are eagerly doing work that others find squeamish. Through this we show His love and light.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: We enjoy when the patients cooperate with us doing the exercises. Even sometimes we are discouraged with some conditions, but we start work again because we care called to do this work and God gives us strength.

Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: Our dream is to find a doctor/physiotherapist who is willing to come and work in partnership with us and the local medical center in the treatment of patients after strokes, and also with children with neurological problems. With this we can be influence to more people across our region in great need rehab.   

We would like to start working with the families of children with disabilities, especially children with cerebral palsy. During the visit of physiotherapists we have seen that because a lack of knowledge and untimely psychological assistance to parents, children miss time of rehabilitation and the family suffers. These children have no access to rehabilitation in Naryn and limited access to school. 


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