In April of 2015, one of the Baptist churches of Karshi City, Uzbekistan was visited by the group of secret police officers, who was filming members of the church. Later the same day, officers confiscated all of the literature from the church including Bibles and hymn books.
On August 2 at the same church, two representatives of the secret police appeared during the Sunday service. After the service, they asked members of the church to write down an explanation for why they were visiting a Christian service. Members of the church refused to write an explanation. Then secret police representatives made the report and promised that they will pass the case to the state court.
On September 25, the trial of five brothers and sister in Christ was held.
The court stated that they were convicted of, “Implementation of illegal religious activity, evasion of heads of religious organizations from the registration of the charter, the organization and conduct of the clergy and members of religious organizations” and, “Illegal production, storage, import or distribution of religious materials”.
Members of this Baptist church are going to appeal the court decision and are asking the church throughout the world to support them in prayer and petition for the return of confiscated literature, reverse the decision of the court and no hindrance Christians gathering to glorify our Lord.
Uzbekistan is ranked #15 on the Open Doors’ 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
Compiled by Janelle Powers. For media inquiries, contact Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575 or Christy Lynn Wilson at 770-401-9842.