Tajik pastor Bahrom Holmatov was arrested and imprisoned for three years on false accusations of extremism. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but the lawyer filed an appeal. The appeal hearing was postponed, but now we have received word that it was denied, that the court sustained the original verdict and sentencing without changes. According to it, Bahrom will be in prison three years for “extremism and religious hatred.”
Many of you have encouraged Pastor Bahrom with letters. Following the verdict in the appeal, he said, “Don’t worry about me, please. Just keep praying for me and my family. I knew that I could pay a price for my following Christ and my ministry—and I am doing it now. I am ready to go through this to be in prison for His name the whole term. Thank you all, brothers and sisters, who prayed and supported me.”
Please, keep praying for this courageous Christian, for his faith, for his emotional, spiritual and physical health in prison. And for his family who deeply misses him.
Thank You, Father, for the testimony of Pastor Bahrom who has been faithful in serving You, no matter the consequences. We thank You for his quiet, submissive willingness to serve this sentence for Christ’s name. Sustain his family during his absence and encourage them in the midst of loneliness and worry. Strengthen his faith, encourage him daily with Your presence, protect him physically, and in times of discouragement, protect him from despair. Rather, fill him with Your “peace, which transcends all understanding” (Phil 4:7). In the name of Jesus, who hides us in the shelter of His presence (Ps 31). Amen.