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August 13, 2010

UZBEKISTAN — Christian Arrests Continue — Forum 18 News

2 Thessalonians 1:3–5
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.

The Uzbek government continues to harass and detain Christians who gather for worship. On July 28, police broke into a house where Christians from an unregistered church had gathered for a celebration, according to Forum 18 News. Ten Christians were arrested and held for several days before being released, and three were fined 80 times the minimum monthly wage. According to Forum 18, police confiscated two personal Bibles, four songbooks and one textbook of violin lessons. They then began pushing 23 believers, including children, into cars. The believers reported that some of them were “kicked and hit while they were dragged out of the house.” According to Forum 18, when the believers asked Police Major Ilyos Mustafayev why the police acted like bandits, he replied, “Yes, we are bandits.” A court has ordered that officially permitted Christian books and leaflets found in a raid be confiscated and destroyed. Pray that believers in Uzbekistan will remain faithful in their walk with Christ. Pray that God will encourage and protect them and that their testimonies will draw non-believers into fellowship with Christ.

Taken from VOM–USA Prayer Update for August 13, 2010

The Voice of the Martyrs USA:  www.persecution.com

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