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Noah Hoech

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“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8

Growing up in Kyrgyzstan, I was blessed with the precious childhood of experiencing missions firsthand. Sure, at times I was sad that my family had to leave a country that had reliable healthcare, a just government, and strong education systems to move to a place where marijuana literally grows on the side of streets, but oh the joys of ministry! It was worth it. 

I first discovered this for myself when I started serving at a Christian youth center in our town. Together, with several other youth, we formed a team that loved God and was determined to follow Jesus passionately. Each of us did some sort of ministry through which we were able to share the Gospel to the Muslim community around us. The teenagers on our team led clubs for guitar, singing, chess, crafts, or English. I led a breakdancing club. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I would teach a group of neighborhood kids and youth to dance to the glory of God. And every Tuesday and Thursday, after we had covered the floor with our sweat, we would sit in a circle in the middle of the dance studio and read a passage from the Bible or discuss some aspect of Christian living. The clubs were free – we wanted anyone who came to be able to join. But even more, we wanted them to know Jesus as their Savior.

I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing with ACTION in Bogota, but I do know that I’ll be working with kids and youth who need Jesus just as badly as the dozens that passed through my high school club in Kyrgyzstan. I probably won’t be teaching breakdancing. Likely, I will be hanging out with the kids that come to learn English or get a free meal at the feeding center. My hope is that, no matter who I encounter, they would see Jesus in me and feel the overwhelming embrace of His love and grace. Whether that happens as I talk to kids at the lunch table (with my very-broken-but-improving Spanish) or as I assist local pastors with learning English, I pray that it all be to the glory of God.

I didn’t start off as a leader at my Christian youth center in Kyrgyzstan. I started off as an eager 14-year-old trying to make friends and fit in. In the end, I became close to my best Friend and joined a family of brothers and sister whom I treasure still today. If it weren’t for people who had given their lives and their time to doing missions in Kyrgyzstan, I wouldn’t have even ended up there. Thank God for such people! It’s with great humility and excitement that I prepare for Colombia to be, Lord-willing, that kind of servant to the lost souls in Bogota.