Christian literature has been an effective means of sharing the Gospel in Kazakhstan. In February of this year, the State Court of Astana City ruled that a number of these books were illegal and extremist. The books, related to evangelism among Muslims and containing testimonies by former Muslims, have now been banned in Kazakhstan. Included on the banned list are the following books:
Share Your Faith With a Muslim, by Charles R.Marsh
Called for the Great Commission, by Kanat Oryntai Uly
Jesus More Than a Prophet (15 true stories of Muslims Finding Forgiveness, Release and a New Life), edited by RWF Wootton
Healing The Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims, by Don McCurry
According to the World Watch List, persecution in Kazakhstan is driven by a regime that seeks to increase its control more and more, as well as Islamic extremism. The banning of these books opens the door to new court cases against the leadership of many of the churches. Please pray for the churches in Kazakhstan that are using these books to share the Gospel in their communities.
Our Father, we are thankful for the comfort of knowing that You bend Your ear to hear our suffering and that in ways that are both seen and unseen, You are always at work in the lives of Your people and in the work of growing Christ’s kingdom. We thank You for the ways Your Holy Spirit has used these books to open the eyes of many to see the light and truth of Christ and turn to You in faith. Protect the church leaders and give them courage to stand faithfully as they face the possibility of legal cases against them. While the current regime is working to rid the nation of Your Word and the testimony of Your people, we pray for a powerful work of Your Spirit to move across the land and release the hearts of those bound in spiritual darkness to rise up in faith and praise Your Holy Name. We pray this in the name of Jesus who is gathering His church from all the nations, Amen.