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Father Daniil Sysoyev
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A Russian Orthodox priest, Father Daniil Sysoyev (34), was gunned down by a masked man in his church in southern Moscow on November 20. The assailant entered the St. Thomas Church and asked for the priest. When Father Sysoyev identified himself, he was shot several times. He died on the way to the hospital. Local Christians and officials believe Father Sysoyev's murder was religiously motivated. He had regularly received death threats in recent years for criticizing Islam and evangelizing among Muslims. Father Sysoyev is survived by his wife and three children.

Thank the Lord for the life and witness of Father Sysoyev. Ask the Lord to supply his loved ones with peace and grace as they mourn for him. Pray that Christians in Russia will be encouraged by his faithful example and continue to lovingly and boldly proclaim God's Word (Ephesians 6:18-20).

For more on the trials facing Christians in Russia, go to the Russia Country Report.

Country Information

3,694,755 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African

Religion (%)
Muslim (85.9), Christian (6.4), Hindu (5.7), Other and unaffiliated (2)

Sultan and Prime Minister Haytham bin Tariq bin Taimul Al-Said (2020)

Government type
Absolute Monarchy

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Anglo-Saxon law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

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Pray for spiritual openness, that the gospel might have a powerful impact on all levels and peoples in Oman.

Pray that Christians working in Oman will have opportunities to make meaningful contact with those around them and will share and demonstrate the love of Christ.


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