This pattern of desert monasticism would recur within the nation of Georgia in the sixth century with the arrival of the Assyrian Fathers from the Middle East. During this period of Georgian history, there was substantial pressure from the Zoroastrian Sassanid Empire for the Georgian people to become Persianized and abandon their Christian faith in favor of Zoroastrianism.
Recently through the grace of God, two Turkish catechumens (a married couple) were able to immigrate from Turkey to Batumi, Georgia, to not only receive Holy Baptism within Orthodox Georgia but also to reside in an Orthodox nation where their faith could be nurtured properly.
Moving to Georgia has been hugely helpful for my Orthodox faith, as being a devout Orthodox Christian within Georgia is looked upon positively, especially for an individual like myself who converted to the faith as an adult. In addition to this, there are numerous holy sites, churches, and monasteries I can visit throughout Georgia.
Yesterday, on the feast of the Prophet Elias, the nation of Georgia celebrated the saints day of Patriarch Ilia II, who is currently eighty-eight years old, and the most respected public figure within the nation despite recent attempts to discredit the Church itself after the July 5 anti-LGBTQ demonstrations.
Despite the actions of the Church in calling for non-violence and the Church being the main calming influence in making this an overall very peaceful demonstration, the Church is now being portrayed as the enemy of the nation by the mass media.