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New Life Church Time may be running out for the New Life Church inMinsk, Belarus as they endeavour to prevent the forced sale of their church building. The Minsk City Economic Court ruled on July 21 that the church must sell their converted cowshed for a small fraction of its estimated value. On August 4, the church filed its final appeal. They also published an open letter to the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, asking him to intervene. Also on August 4, the church's pastor, Vyacheslav Goncharenko, was fined one million rubles ($523 CAD) for organizing an unsanctioned church service. This fine is thirty times the minimum monthly wage in Belarus.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Belarus, go to the Belarus Country Report.

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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