The Life of a Modern Day Shepherd in the Middle East

>>Murat: There’s a saying where I’m from that
one healthy family can influence twelve others. This saying has been motivation for me since
the first day I arrived in this village. Growing up, I had never seen a village with
my own eyes. So when God moved my family out of the city
into this village, I felt like a foreigner in a foreign land. When I arrived, I asked myself, how do people live and what do they do for a living? Most of the people are shepherds or farmers. I started to make a living, I’ve learned how
to raise a sheep. I choose to buy the skinny, weak sheep. The ones nobody wants. I take them home, heal them and make them strong. Being a shepherd has given me better understanding of man and of God. I’ve seen that sheep are truly social creatures. Every sheep needs a herd. People are the same. They need to be surrounded by a strong community. My sheep are dependent on me for constant water and food. Just as I am dependent on God to provide for all my needs. What is a sheep without a shepherd? It’s lost. In my village, there are many problems. Families in my community struggle with alcohol addiction, domestic abuse and broken homes. These are problems that can’t be solved by themselves, they can only be solved with God’s help. I believe that my simple task as someone’s neighbor is to lead them to something that can help
them with their problems. Here it is not popular to go to church. In my church, men have lost their teeth
because of their faith. My biggest fear is that one day I will lose heart and give up. But I pray that God will give me perseverance and opportunities with my neighbors. The other day, my neighbor came to me needing help to heal his sheep. I was able to share with him Psalm 23 stating that God is our shepherd, we are his sheep. He looks after us and we can trust him. Today a neighbor brought us a watermelon.
I was reminded how God provides. Though I once felt like a foreigner here, now I feel like a neighbor among neighbors. I can say that with God’s help, I’m now a villager.

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20 Responses

  1. awzome doe says:

    it looks like a very nice country. I've worked on reindeer farms before. it was very cold when I started

  2. Jeremy Leib says:

    I'm pretty sure this was filmed in Kyrgyzstan, where I used to live, rather than in the Middle East.

  3. shao hollywood says:

    Where is there filmed?

  4. Yesica1993 says:

    I hope this dear man finds encouragement and support, so that he will not give up!

  5. Off Grid Northwest says:

    Amazing man! Keep up the good work


    I pray he will be a blessing, not only to his neighbors, but thus generation. Why not listen to my short video entitled: "The Good Shepherd," it will really bless you.

  7. Sherry Beckley says:

    This was beautiful!

  8. Sem says:

    Im here because im studying psalms 23

  9. Matthew S. Richards says:

    Wow! This is edifying.

  10. Terry Lee says:

    This is in Central Asia, not the Middle East! Probably a country where Mongolians n Russians reside together, like in Kazarkstsn.

  11. NOAH freaking THOMAS says:

    So cool!

  12. rob wells says:

    so much like Jesus

  13. Natsuke Arechiga says:

    This is what it means to be a Christian. May the LORD God protect and prosper, you, and your family.

  14. Pearl B says:

    I’m here because I was reading about pastors and their sheep and I needed a video for youth and this is what I was looking for …

  15. SAINT •CA• says:

    What is a sheep without a shepherd….. lost

  16. Allen Richards says:

    I am glad to see how there are some people everywhere who are against mistreating animals, including sheep. Sheep, and their little ba-a-a-ing lambs, are sentient beings who experience feelings and emotions. It doesn't matter if their minds are more simple than our minds, they still have them. This is another video which shows that there are good people everywhere who are willing to be kind to lambs and sheep. If more of us around the world would recognize how to love and take the right care of these simple, pure, peaceful animals

  17. Sarah Evans says:

    Thank you for being so open in your video – seeing your story has really encouraged me in how powerfully God provides for us and uses us where we are. I am confident that God sees your desire to serve Him and will make your ministry effective. For Deuteronomy 30:9 -10 says that “The Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he took delight in your fathers, when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (ESV) May God bless you and your family with a community that will encourage and support you in Jesus!
    A quick sidenote: there is a teaching I heard that might really help and encourage you by Pastor John that you can find on the app called Light on the Hill Radio (LOTH Radio). The teaching is titled “Romans 12:9-11 Part 3”, and it gives a good explanation and image of how God works through us through his Holy Spirit. May God bless you greatly!! 😁😁

  18. Abd Allah says:

    Why write "modern day" as if it's a primitive occupation.

  19. Abd Allah says:

    This isn't even the Middle East.

  20. The Jesus Enthusiast says:

    Father I thank you for this Man of God, let his prayer of endurance be answered and I thank you for your love for this man. Somebody please tell me how to find this man on the video.

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