Connecting to worship in Central Asia

08 May, 2017 | Central Asia
OM International
A young man downloads an app to watch Christian programmes available in his own language.
About two years ago, Asim* created a small worship app to enable his church to have access to Turkish worship songs. At the time he didn’t imagine that it would one day be utilised by Christians throughout West and Central Asia. With 27 languages available already and more on the way, the scope of this app continues to grow.

Throughout Central Asia large churches are uncommon. Believers instead gather in small groups in people’s houses or small congregations in shared locations. These groups are pursuing and loving Christ together and growing in the knowledge of God. However, with a smaller pool there is not always someone with the time and passion to perform the role of a music pastor. The churches are often unaware of each other, so if one congregation has a couple of original or translated songs, the others have very few means of accessing them.

OM workers in Central Asia are expanding the worship app to solve this problem. They are gathering Russian, Kazakh, Uzbek and Uighur praise and worship songs. The files are then loaded including lyrics, chords, MP3 files – even the ability to project from a computer. The team include links between the songs in different languages so that they can be shared between community groups as well as churches.

The app has been a huge hit. One house church leader stated “I love the worship app you have been working on. I am using it all the time for our small meetings.” As more and more believers become aware of the app OM hopes to see it utilised across Central Asia.

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