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of Tajikistan, on Sunday 11 June. They recorded the personal details of all the worshippers and confiscated their Bibles and any other Christian literature. Officers even “pulled books out of the hands of believers”. At the time of writing they are threatening to prosecute because the church is not registered. (Forum 18) Pray for vulnerable Christians in Tajikistan that they may have grace to delight in insults, hardships, and persecutions for the sake of Christ, knowing that when they are weak then they are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). WEDNESDAY 27 Please continue to pray for Pastor Marat Niyazaliev, a Russian citizen who leads a church of Muslimbackground believers in Kyrgyzstan. His congregation won a court case after the police had illegally tried to close down their church building. After this, apparently in revenge, he was falsely accused of attempting to rape an 8-year-old girl. Following a period in detention he is now free and the church continues to meet in his home. But because of these issues no one will give him a job. His church have lost their registration because a deadline for some papers to be submitted passed while Marat was under arrest. Marat thinks the Kyrgyz authorities want to pressure him to return to Russia, but he is determined to keep serving where the Lord has called him. Pray that God will give him strength, peace and hope. THURSDAY 28 On 15 May the parliament of Azerbaijan approved a new law on freedom of religion. Amongst other matters, the law prohibits foreigners and other non-citizens from “conducting religious propaganda”

unless specifically invited by a “religious centre”. Pray that the new law will not be used to clamp down on Christian ministry, especially on visiting speakers or trainers from outside the country. FRIDAY 29 “Odil”, a pastor in a Central Asia, held a church youth meeting in his flat. The police arrived, arrested the 18 young people, and began to beat them one by one to try to get them to make false accusations against Odil. All the young people refused, but Odil could not bear to see them being beaten and told them to sign whatever the police wanted. The police then confiscated just about everything in the home. Odil, his wife and their three daughters (the oldest aged five) were detained for 18 hours without water. Then husband and wife were each fined, along with several of the young people who had been in their flat. Pray for Odil, his family and the young believers, that they may not become fearful, but will continue boldly witnessing for Christ.

Central Asian Christians worshipping SATURDAY 30 Sixteen Nigerian Muslim youth organisations issued an ultimatum on 6 June for all members of the predominantly Christian Igbo tribe to leave mainly-Muslim northern Nigeria by 1 October. After that, said their statement, they would “no longer be disposed to coexisting with the Igbo”, whose heartland is south-east

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017  

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017 A bi-monthly diary of daily prayer points for the persecuted Church around the world. It is part of t...

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017  

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017 A bi-monthly diary of daily prayer points for the persecuted Church around the world. It is part of t...