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Church raided, literature confiscated in Uzbekistan

posted March 5, 2007

The Voice of the Martyrs has received photographs of police officers interrogating believers in and around a church in Qarshi (“Karshy”), Uzbekistan.

According to VOM sources police burst into the service on February 25, 2007, confiscated literature and demanded to know who was funding the church.

Police also brought video cameras to video tape the worship service. When police started to film, Pastor Sergei Shandyvayev didn’t panic, but simply continued the worship service.

After the service finished, the officers shut the doors and began to question the believers gathered there, especially asking why they had become Christians. Pastor Shandyvayev’s church is not registered with the Uzbek government. The Christians expected to be summoned to court for a hearing.

Pray God gives Christians in this area wisdom and protection as they face persecution. Pray that they might even have opportunities to witness to police and court officers as they are questioned.

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