Sunday, May 8, 2011

Raids and confiscations in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan's secret police and other officials have carried out two raids on an officially registered Baptist church in the capital Tashkent, reported Forum 18 News Service.

More than 50,000 Christian books, a large quantity of printing and office equipment, and a sum of money belonging to a church member were confiscated. Later, three church leaders and the caretaker were fined sums ranging between 50 and 100 times the minimum monthly salary.

Officials have refused to explain their actions, but there has recently been a harshening of official actions against the possession and supply of religious literature.

One Tashkent Baptist, asked by Forum 18 what might be behind the raids and confiscations, said, "The authorities are interested in having small pocket-size churches and religious organizations, which will stay quiet and not have much religious activity."

Pray believers will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition (Hebrews 10:23-25). Pray the Lord will use the confiscated material for His glory through His good timing and purposes. Pray for Uzbekistan's secret police.

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