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New Generation Church in BaranovichiThe chairman of the New Generation Church council in Baranovichi, Belarus is facing a fine for organizing an in-depth Bible study group within the registered church. When police raided the Bible study led by Gennady Akhrimovich early this year, they accused it of being an unauthorized religious gathering. A court hearing on April 6 was postponed for two weeks to allow the prosecution to adequately prepare.

The New Generation Church is also facing difficulties acquiring a place of worship. Last year, the church purchased a warehouse that they intended to convert into a church building. However, the town authorities have refused to allow the designated purpose of the building to be changed. The New Life Church in Minsk is facing a similar problem and has been ordered to sell their building. The administrator of the New Life Church, Vasily Yurevich has been summoned to an April 24 preliminary hearing on the forced sale of the building to the Minsk City Property Department.

Pray that the leaders in both the New Generation Church and the New Life Church will fully rely on the Lord for the wisdom and strength they need to effectively carry out the Great Commission in their areas (James 1:5, 2 Timothy 4:17). Pray that Akhrimovich's fine will be lifted. Pray that both churches will be allowed to establish places to meet for worship.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
9,477,918 (July 2020 est.)

Religion (%)
Orthodox (48.3), Catholic (7.1), Other (3.5), None (41.1)

Ethnicity (%)
Belarusian (83.7), Russian (8.3), Polish (3.1), Ukrainian (1.7), other (2.4), unspecified (0.9)

Leader
President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1994)

Government type
Presidential republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship

Legal system
Civil law system.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Belarus

Pray for increased freedom of religion – not only indicated as mere written words in the country’s constitution but also demonstrated as a living reality in the lives of the oppressed believers. May there be a lifting of restraints on evangelical groups in their efforts to spread the Gospel and plant new churches.

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