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A previous court decision involving Baptist believer Vyacheslav Cherkasov, ordering that the Bibles confiscated from him be destroyed, has been overturned and the Bibles returned. Unfortunately, the fine remains as originally ordered. (Click here to read the previously reported prayer alert.) A journalist by the name of Sergei Duvanov believed it was possible for the book-burning decision to be overturned if greater awareness was made over the plight of the accused. Thankfully, due to the diligence of human rights defenders in Oslo who have given the case wide publicity, and the prayers of concerned Christians around the world, the outcome of the confiscated Bibles has been favourable.

However, another situation serves as a reminder of our need to continue praying that the government in Kazakhstan will grant believers the freedom to gather together for times of worship and prayer. On April 4th, police raided a prayer service involving seven members of a small Baptist church in Ayagoz (East Kazakhstan Region) for holding unregistered religious services. Of the seven who were fined the equivalent of nearly two months' local average wages for a teacher were a couple of grandmothers in their late 70s.

Pray that God will recompense these Christians for their financial loss, blessing them abundantly for their faithfulness to Him and His work. May He also touch the hearts of the political and judicial leaders, helping them to realize the importance of following the statutes of His Word in order to make positive progress and thrive as a nation.

Important Note Concerning Previous Azerbaijan Alert: Since last week's Persecution & Prayer Alert, The Voice of the Martyrs ministry has received clarification from Forum 18 News that it was Hamid Shabanov's wife, Hinayat, who was fined. (Hamid was away in Russia at the time.)

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Country Information

Population
19,245,793 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kazakh (Qazaq) (68), Russian (19.3), Uzbek (3.2), Ukrainian (1.5), Uighur (1.5), Tatar (1.1), German (1), Other (4.4)

Religion (%)
Muslim (70.2), Christian (26.2), Buddhist (0.1), Other (0.2), Atheist (2.8), Unspecified (0.5)

Leader
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system the theory and practice of the Russian Federation
Civil law system influenced by Roman-Germanic law and b

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Kazakhstan

Pray that authorities will cease their harassment of unregistered church communities. Until then, pray believers will effectively minister the gospel despite opposition.

Pray for endurance for those believers facing these challenges.

Pray for the adage “To be a Kazakh is to be a Muslim” to be broken; pray for freedom from historic spiritual bondages and prejudices.

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Kazakhstan News

  • Parliament Debates New Religious Restrictions
    Kazakhstan Senate - Photo: Wikipedia / SenateKZ
    Kazakhstan Senate
    Photo: Wikipedia / SenateKZ (cc)

    On October 6th, amendments to Kazakhstan's religious laws were approved by the Parliament and then passed on to the Senate. The legislation added new restrictions to religious events conducted outside a building of worship owned by a registered re

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  • Religious Worshippers Monitored and Fined
    Oral, Kazakhstan - Photo: Wikipedia / Bereshev
    Oral, Kazakhstan
    Photo: Wikipedia / Bereshev (cc)

    Since the beginning of 2021, at least 20 cases have gone to court in Kazakhstan for holding religious meetings without state permission. The fines brought against them varied from three weeks' to four months' average wages. Amendments are also pres

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  • Appeal Fails to Halt Seizures
    New Life Curch - Photo: Ivan Kryukov
    New Life Church property in Almaty
    Photo: Ivan Kryukov (cc)

    On September 17th, a court in the city of Almaty upheld an earlier decision to seize two buildings owned by the New Life Protestant Church. The facilities were being used for worship, as well as a means of support for those suffering from

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  • Church Buildings Confiscated
    Grace Church member praying - Photo: Grace Church via Forum 18 www.forum18.org
    Church member prays outside Grace Church.
    Photo: Grace Church via Forum 18

    City officials in Kazakhstan's capital of Nur-Sultan have ordered the confiscation of the Grace Presbyterian Church building, as well as the place of worship being constructed on the same site for the Agape Pentecostal Church

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