UZBEKISTAN: TEN CHRISTIANS ARRESTED DURING RAID ON SECRET PRAYER MEETING
On Monday, ten Uzbekistani Christians were arrested by authorities during a secret prayer meeting.
Accused of illegally meeting and rallying, the believers were taken to a police station and questioned for several hours before being released late that night.
“I know that God is with us in all these troubles, but I feel like sometimes I lose the hope, sometimes it is too much,” said one woman who was amongst those arrested. “Please, pray for me to refresh my strength and faithfulness.”
Just one month earlier, one of the Christians in the group had been accused of illegally meeting and rallying and was fined almost £495 – a large sum of money in Uzbekistan.
PERSECUTION IN UZBEKISTAN
Under a strict authoritarian regime, Christians here not belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church have to meet in secret – viewed as ‘extremists’, these groups are subject to secret monitoring, police raids, imprisonment and fines. Believers from a Muslim Background (BMBs) experience additional pressure from their families and communities to return to Islam.
Source: Open Doors
For the ten believers who were arrested, that God would be with them during this trial
That despite the challenges, believers in Uzbekistan would be able to spread the gospel to those around them
That the new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, would have a more tolerant attitude toward Christians in his country and that he would come to know God’s love.