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Pastor Shestakov reunited with his daughters

Former prisoner of conscience Pastor Dmitry Shestakov, who was recently released from a four-year jail sentence, remains under the severe restrictions of "administrative supervision."

For one year, Pastor Shestakov must report to police in-person almost every week. He may not be outside his home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. He may not leave his hometown without written police permission. He cannot visit public places such as restaurants. The term of administrative supervision can be extended, and the punishments for breaking the supervision include imprisonment for four years. The authorities have refused to explain the reason for the restrictions.

Thank God for Pastor Shestakov's release from prison. Ask the Lord to help him and his family overcome the suffering they have experienced and give them continued faithfulness and perseverance. Pray Pastor Shestakov's testimony will strengthen the faith of other Christians. Pray for the Holy Spirit to encourage all believers currently serving time in prison for following Christ.

Learn more about the persecuted Church in Uzbekistan at the Uzbekistan Country Report.

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Country Information

Population
30,842,796 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Uzbek (83.8), Tajik (4.8), Kazakh (2.5), Russian (2.3) Karakalpak (2.2), Tatar (1.5), other (4.4)

Religion (%)
Islam (88), Eastern Orthodox (9), other (3)

Leader
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (2016)

Government type
Presidential republic; highly authoritarian

Legal system
Civil law system

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Uzbekistan

Thank you for praying on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan who are undergoing severe mistreatment by those governing over them. Ask the Lord to remind these persevering believers that they are truly His beloved children. As their Heavenly Father, He is the One who governs their souls and eternal destiny. May they have a heightened awareness of His abiding presence, everlasting love, help in times of trouble – and whatever else they specifically need – as conveyed through the infallible promises of His powerful Word.

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