The family of imprisoned pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov is looking forward to his scheduled April 2020 release. The past two years have been difficult, as his wife has experienced various stress-related health problems, but Gulnora and the children say they feel they are now on the downward slope of a difficult season. Bakhrom was arrested on April 10, 2017, in a raid by secret police on the Sonmin Sonbogym (Good News of Grace) Protestant Church. He was sentenced to three years in prison for possessing “extremist material,” such as Josh McDowell’s book More Than a Carpenter. Continue to pray for the family’s strength as they await his release.
Family Eagerly Awaits Bakhrom Kholmatov's Release
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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