Raids of Christian Homes in Uzbekistan Continue
Pray for the Protestant Church in Uzbekistan. According to Forum 18, Uzbekistan continues to raid homes and confiscate ‘illegal’ religious literature. Known cases between January and May resulted in 18 Protestants being fined. Anti-terrorism police, along with regular police, often conduct illegal searches of homes without a search warrant, as happened when police raided the home of Stanislav Kim, a member of the Council of Churches Baptist. Pray for the Church in Uzbekistan; the Government shows no signs of ending this recent wave of persecution against believers.
Uzbekistan, #15 on the World Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, is governed by one of the harshest dictatorships in Central Asia. The regime will do everything possible to stay in power—all forms of opposition and deviations from the norm are ruthlessly attacked. Christianity is viewed as an alien and destabilizing factor. On top of the government persecution experienced by all believers, Christian converts from a Muslim background experience additional pressure from their social and cultural environment.
Father, we pray for the Christians in Uzbekistan as they suffer for their commitment to serve Jesus their Savior. You have told us that in this world we will have trouble, but also that we are to take heart, because You have overcome the world. In the midst of their trouble, Lord, sustain the believers in Uzbekistan as they serve You. Strengthen them in the face of harsh treatment. Protect them from arrest. Replace fear with Your peace that passes all understanding. Grant courage in the face of persecution. And when they suffer for their faith, do not let it be in vain, but as You have promised, work all things in their lives for good. In the name of Jesus who understands our suffering and hears the cry of our hearts, Amen.