These are university kids from good families, involved in a university Christian ministry that is pretty prominent in the Southern US. Elsewhere in the US, Campus Crusade for Christ is really big. This will show you a slice of life in Campus Outreach. I went on these summer beach projects, where we studied the Bible and evangelized on the beach. In fact, I was in the organization throughout my university years. This group would not be considered a "cult" in the US, because it is mainstream Christianity.....however, it certainly has cult-like characteristics. Listen to things they say. On the plus side, were it not for this group, I wouldn't have been as interested in developing a deep friendship with Ulugbek and Timour, two Uzbek guys who studied at my university. I also don't believe I would have had any inclination to go live in Uzbekistan for a year. I would say that a majority, easily, of young people (Americans) in Uzbekistan are there with groups like these.