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Valentina Pleshakova and her daughter, Natalya
Photo: Uznews.net

Authorities continue to raid homes, confiscate religious literature and interrupt Christian worship in Uzbekistan, punishing alleged offenders with fines of up to 50 times the minimum wage.

In one case, court bailiffs confiscated basic household goods owned by Artur and Irina Alpayev to compensate for an unpaid fine they received for "illegally" keeping Christian books in their home. A refrigerator, piano, washing machine and dining table were taken from the Baptist couple who require these items to care for their five children.

Police also raided the home of Valentina Pleshakova and her disabled daughter, Natalya, seizing and destroying their religious literature and beating Natalya. Police then pressured Natalya to convert to Islam. The women were freed the following morning. Although they were each heavily fined, the fine was converted into an "official warning" after the intervention of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Uzbekistan.

Please pray that these anti-Christian acts of hostility will be thwarted. Pray that the Alpayev family's belongings will be returned. Pray that Valentina and Natalya will remain steadfast in their faith, acting as an example to believers and non-believers alike. Pray that God will grow His Church in Uzbekistan.

To learn more about the trials believers face in Uzbekistan, go to 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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