Beaten for Jesus

August 14, 2015 by Brett Tarbell in Asia

For Batima*, a college student in Kyrgyzstan, Christ’s words in John 15:20 have proven to be true since she came to faith in Him a year ago:

“If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”

When she was invited by her family for a visit, she could never have guessed what awaited her. Intent on forcing her to renounce her newfound faith, her own brothers and sister brutally beat her until she sustained a concussion and lost consciousness. They then tied her up and took her phone and personal documents.

She somehow found the strength to escape, and is now in hiding, where she has received basic treatment for her wounds. Despite the pain of Batima’s recovery, our field worker reports that she is in good spirits.

Today, pray for Batima. Ask the Lord to grant her a swift recovery and an unwavering testimony. Pray that she would find strength in her Savior both physically and spiritually – especially as she is persecuted for His sake. Finally, pray for her brothers and sister, that they might repent of their sins against God and Batima and come to know Jesus Christ as Lord of all.

Many other Christians like Batima are forced to enter into hiding for their faith, usually without proper medical care. Give to provide these vulnerable Christians access to safe houses and emergency care here:


*Name changed for security reasons