MBB Arrested in Tajikistan
Brother Sahat*, a Muslim Background Believer (MBB) from a Tajik church, was arrested during an outreach. As he was walking on the street he met a man, a stranger who began to speak to him. Sahat shared the gospel with the stranger, who appeared to be very interested and asked about the source of the information. Sahat replied that he could learn more about Jesus from the Injil—the New Testament Gospels. As soon as Sahat took the book from his bag to give it to the man, he was arrested by the stranger, who turned out to be an officer of the Security Service. According to Tajik legislation, the distribution of religious literature and “religious propaganda” in public places is forbidden. Pray for Sahat to be released and for his church, because Security Services and the State Religious Committee will search it. If they were to find religious literature, their official registration could be rescinded
*Name changed to protect believer’s identity
Thank You, Father, for Brother Sahat and for his compassion for those who are without the hope of Christ. Now, as he is in prison for sharing the hope of the gospel, comfort and protect him. Bring to mind Scripture that he might not despair. Encourage and strengthen him with faith that will sustain him and allow the light of Christ shine through him. We pray for his release and for the protection of his church as the authorities search his home and the church premises. What the enemy would use to hinder the spread of the gospel, we pray You will use for the good of Your church and for the spread of the gospel in great power across the nation of Tajikistan. In the name of Jesus, our hope both now and in eternity, Amen.