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The image of this man has been etched in my brain for years now. My heart aches for him. He has hopeless, wanting eyes. He is an оқсоқол by local culture, literally translated into English as ‘white beard’ – but more meaningfully a leader of the community and esteemed elder. I sense that there are many questions in his heart, as he gathers that his dying days are growing near. Where will his spirit go? Will his good works outweigh his bad? What will Allah decide for him? Will he realize before it’s too late that God, through Jesus Christ, has greater plans for him than he can imagine?
In part, this image has called me to deeper prayer for this dear man and his people whom I love, who have no assurance of God’s love for them let alone a secure knowledge of where they will spend eternity.
Taken in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, outside the Mosque of 40 Pillars.
May 13, 2006
Canon PowerShot SD450