SGA urges prayer in light of more oppression in Uzbekistan

By October 28, 2013

Uzbekistan (SGA) — Some weeks ago, we updated you about the ongoing legal fight in Uzbekistan between the government and the Uzbek Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB) over their summer children's campsite near Tashkent, the capital. Sadly, according to Slavic Gospel Association, an Uzbek court has ordered formal seizure of the camp.

For reasons of security, evangelical church spokespeople have asked not to be identified by name out of concern for government reprisals. The UECB has legally owned this camp for 13 years, but since 2009, the authorities have exerted more and more pressure upon the churches. Forum 18 also documents difficulties faced by other religious groups including seizure of literature, computers, musical instruments, and levying of fines. Over the summer, a Baptist church in Karshi had a piano, pews, carpeting, and other items seized by court bailiffs.

The Baptist Union has appealed to the Uzbek General Prosecutor's office. The United Nations Human Rights Council has urged the government to bring its practices into compliance with international human rights obligations. Thus far, the government has rejected the recommendations; it typically reacts very negatively to any Western pressure.

Please be in prayer for faithful Christian brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan as they walk through this trial. Having lived through communist oppression, persecution is not new to them, and they carry the biblical admonition in their hearts: "Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm" (Ephesians 6:13).

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  • KL Angora says:

    Most Holy God bless u, I share a vision of my wife (a diplomat) who was lifted up in heaven on 2nd Jan 2014 stood in front of throne and God spoke to her in loud and furious voice that go on Earth back and tell the people that something Unique will happen on Earth in May 2014 which never happened before. Save the people who wana be saved and leave the rest. She did not share this vision except me to anyone because already many people told this kind of vision but God had mercy and gave more time to the world to be prepared for heaven but this time He was not looking in the mood to give more time and Grace. So I wana share it with no discrimination of caste or religion, white or black, rich or poor, innocent or sinner, king or beggar. It is the Will of Lord Jesus Christ to tell the message of deliverance to everyone not any particular group of people. To the workers of Lord Jesus Christ, I request do it with the speed of racehorse not at the pace of snail or tortoise. Spend much money on big conventions, seminars not only on Sunday but 24×7 encourage each other and try to be philanthropists. Don’t hate anyone but give the message of God to everyone.. KL Angora

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