Christians in Kyrgyzstan ready to pay the ultimate price

By December 20, 2005

Kyrgyzstan (MNN) — The government of Kyrgyzstan is tightening its grip on religious freedom since a successful coup in March. According to the Bridge International Christians are ready for the change.

RK Ulrich with the Bridge says, “There is a lot of pressure on the Christian leaders. There is a risk by a large group, by the Muslims (of course), and also believe it or not, the Orthodox church too see that the evangelical church is muzzled.”

Ulrich recently returned from the region and she say the church is ready. “They are not at all discouraged. They’re just bracing for the fact that, yes, it’s going to be tougher. They’re training their people for the fact that they’re going to have to stand up and be counted, but you see they have that attitude anyway.”

However, Ulrich says if pressure is put on the church, it can only grow. “You’ve seen that historically. That, when there is a lot of pressure coming from the outside coming on the church, it will grow.”

Christians are concerned that economic success will keep people from coming to Christ, but that hasn’t happened yet. Pray that God will use this situation to draw many to Himself.

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