In early July, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was sentenced to three years' imprisonment by the Khujand City Court in Tajikistan's Sogd Region for allegedly "singing extremist songs in church and inciting religious hatred." Officials have threatened the pastor's family, friends and church members with reprisals if they reveal any details of his case, trial or imprisonment. The 42-year-old pastor of Sunmin Sunbogym (Full Gospel) Protestant Church (located in Khujand) was first held in custody by the National Security Committee (NSC) secret police after his April 10th arrest. While on trial, Pastor Bakhrom had been detained at a police detention center. However, he was more recently moved to an unknown prison) on May 26th.
* that Pastor Bakhrom will continue to draw strength from our Almighty God, who alone is able to truly save and deliver (Psalm 34:17).
* for all the members of our Christian family in Tajikistan, asking the Lord, who is a mighty stronghold, to intervene on behalf of His persecuted people.
* for the officials involved, praying that their hearts will be turned towards Christ through the living witness of these persevering believers.
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