The 5-5-5 Challenge: A Story of Persecution in Uzbekistan
Lena, Ayoub and Latife faced intense persecution when the police had found Christian materials in Ayoub’s father’s house. Police arrested him and Ayoub’s brother, and then took Lena to the police station, where they were all questioned. They were also looking for Ayoub to arrest him as well.
Preparations for court cases were made: the first one being under administrative law, the second one would be more serious and under the criminal law. The tension and stress seriously affected Lena’s health.
Ayoub recently sent Open Doors a note saying:
“First of all, I would like to express our gratefulness to all those who prayed for us during this time of severe persecution. I would like to share the good news with you: God heard our prayers!
During the first court case we faced we were fined for our activities and had to pay 5 minimum monthly salaries, which amounts to approximately US $ 160. We worried about the second court case as this was going to be under the criminal law and would be far more severe and difficult for us.
We were totally amazed by God’s intervention when we heard that the second court case had been cancelled. God had softened the hearts of the people who were in charge of our case and for some reason or other they decided to close the case. A serious illness of one of the officers’ relatives had occurred and significantly delayed the proceedings. That is probably why the decision was taken to cancel the court case.
We believe that God was in control of each day. What happened was a real miracle to us! We have never heard about a case like ours where the investigators just asked for a traditional meal of ‘plov’ to be served and closed the case. God greatly encouraged our family and we felt your prayer support.”