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Pastors gather to support the New Life Church
Belarusian pastors gathering to support the New Life Church (photo from www.newlife.by)

For several months, The Voice of the Martyrs Canada has followed the plight of the New Life Church in Belarus whose building is to be confiscated by. The Minsk authorities have stated that they will pay their assessed fair market value of the building; an amount the church says is only three percent of the actual value. On September 29, money was transferred into the church's bank account to pay for the building. According to Belarusian law, the church is obligated to turn over the building within ten days of this payment. However, the church disputes the court decision and members are refusing to turn over the building. Churches across Belarus are publicly supporting the New Life Church. Current news is available from the church's website at www.newlife.by/eng. Continue to pray for Pastor Slava Goncharenko and the New Life Church during this difficult time.aid, their case reportedly remains open.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Belarus, click here.

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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