A family's desperate dash to freedom
Fleeing for their faith
Pastor Makset waited until they were cleared to leave Kazakhstan. Quietly, he prayed. Then, he stepped up to the desk. Officials asked for his passport. “I don’t have one,” he told them. “I just got out of jail.” Startled, they asked him to wait and called their supervisors. "I watched my family walk out of sight to board the plane," says Makset. He swallowed hard, wondering what would happen. “How did you come into Kazakhstan?” the immigration officials asked. “I came in illegally,” he replied. Then they called over someone else, started searching on the computers and talked among themselves.