Before Nuteki's concert in the city of Almaty took place, it had been cancelled twice, and the band was only given permission to perform a day prior to the actual event. Twenty hours before the concert, the permit was signed, but with a stipulation: if they preached the Gospel directly or indirectly, the band members could be deported and the sponsoring church heavily fined. They were even forbidden to invite people to the stage after the show, to talk about Jesus. Government officials gave very serious warnings about potential consequences if Nuteki did not comply with their orders, and the band’s every word and action was filmed to make sure that no religious activity was taking place. Yet, despite these extreme challenges, God moved in powerful ways through their tour!
In Almaty, an 18-year-old guy by the name of Daniel came to the show. In his own words, he explained, "I was a militant atheist; worse than a scientific atheist." Before Nuteki came to his city, Daniel had discovered the band’s purpose, and was angry. His plan had been to disrupt their concert, but instead, as he listened, he was paralyzed by shock. He had never experienced such an atmosphere of love and hope before. What he so lacked in his life was thick in the air! When he listened to Misha's final message, and heard about the after-party the next day, he knew he had to go. In the end, he confidently said: "After what I have experienced these past two days, I am now a Christian."
In the city of Kostanay, a man named Sergey was so touched by the message at the end of the concert that when he came to the follow-up meeting the day after, he could not hold back his tears. Having an alcoholic father, he had been living in hopelessness, but after he
prayed and talked to Nuteki’s team, he experienced a strong sense of hope and salvation. The band gave his contact details to the local church, and at the end of the meeting, he said, “Kurt Cobain (of Nirvana) used to be my favorite person, but now Jesus is my everything.”
These are just a couple of stories of the incredible things that God did through Nuteki’s tour of Kazakhstan! Please keep praying for them, as they boldly share Jesus throughout the Russian-speaking world!