Praise Report- Uzbekistan’s Pastor Makset is Free!!!

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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An amazing answer to prayer- Pastor Makset Djabbarbergenov is free!

Pastor Makset was arrested in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Sept. 5 on the request of his native Uzbekistan which wanted him to be returned to face charges that he practiced religion outside state regulation.

He was released Dec. 4 and taken to the airport, where he was reunited with his wife and four children. According to the Norwegian religious-freedom watchdog agency Forum 18, they were flown to Germany. After arrival at Frankfurt they were taken to a safe location in another, unnamed European country.

Pastor Makset’s release and asylum in Europe was facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Commissioner representatives met him on release from prison, took him directly to the airport and saw him safely through passport control to ensure there were no last-minute problems.

More than 3800 people joined the Open Doors advocacy campaign asking that Pastor Makset would be released and reunited with his family. After nearly three months behind bars, the pastor was released from prison!

It has been a long journey for Pastor Makset and his family, but God was faithful to answer the prayers of many around the world. Thank you so much for your prayers and action on behalf of this persecuted believer and his family.

Lord, we praise You for this miracle and for answering our prayers! We thank You for this encouraging news and pray that it will be a reminder to continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who remain behind bars. Thank You for Your faithfulness Lord! Amen


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