Media Roundup in Central Asia
Persecution has escalated and intensified over the past month in some areas of Central Asia. Police raids on houses of believers have become more frequent. This week, 15 homes of believers in one town alone were singled out for police raids. All of the targeted believers are members of a secret church.
In these homes, police found Bibles; CDs with Christian films, cartoons and sermons; computers and hard disks which could contain sensitive information about a Christian media project; and equipment used to make and copy CDs. Everything was confiscated by police and is being examined now. Some of the CDs and literature were found in the home of a believer who has been working with a media project and is currently in another country with his family. Upon their return, he will be called in for police questioning.
It is not clear what the accusations will be after the police investigation and what kind of consequences the believers may encounter. One thing is clear, though; the events have already badly hurt critical Christian media projects in the region. Please, pray for safety of our brothers and sisters, and for God to soften the hearts of authorities and security service towards Christian believers in the country. Pray for the successful continuation of ongoing Christian media projects in that Central Asian country.
Thank You, Father, for the faithfulness of Christians in Central Asia in their efforts to proclaim the gospel of Christ through various media projects. We pray today regarding the confiscation of equipment, Bibles and other resources in recent home raids. May Your sovereign hand guard the work and Your faithful laborers who boldly broadcast the good news of Christ’s redeeming love and the power of the Holy Spirit to draw those who oppose You into the light of truth. While the purpose of the authorities may be to thwart the message of the gospel, we call confidently on Your Holy Spirit to use even these circumstances to cause the gospel to be spread across the land in great power and might. In the name of Jesus at whose name one day every knee shall bow and tongue confess that that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen