Advocate on Behalf of Makhset Djabbarbergenov: We continue to adovcate on behalf of former Uzbek house church pastor, Makhset Djabbarbergenov. He is currently in a Kazakhstan jail, awaiting a ruling on whether he will be returned to his native country. Uzbekistan wants him back to face charges that he practiced religion outside state regulation. Over 3,700 Open Doors' supporters have advocated on behalf of the pastor. If you have not yet taken action, please do so today at Advocate for Makhset
Arrested: January 2012
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Uzbek Pastor Makset Djabbarbergenov
Released From Prison!
I am thrilled to share how God has answered our prayers and used our advocacy efforts to secure the release of Makset Djabbarbergenov! We at Open Doors want to say a big THANK YOU to each of our supporters who prayed and took action on his behalf!!!
Makset was reunited with his family at the airport in Kazakhstan and flown to Germany and then on to an undisclosed European country that is providing the family with asylum.
Pastor Makset's release and asylum in Europe was facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Commissioner representatives met him on release from prison, took him directly to the airport and saw him safely through passport control to ensure there were no last-minute problems.
Following frequent arrests and a raid on his family home in Uzbekistan, Makset and his family fled to Kazakhstan in 2007. Despite the fact that the UNHCR supported his asylum request, Makset was arrested on 5 September on the request of the Uzbekistan government, who wanted him extradited to face a prison sentence of up to fifteen years.
During his imprisonment Makset’s wife told Open Doors “Pray that we can follow God and He’ll lead us to be where He wants us to be. We want Him to solve and resolve the situation and tell us what to do.”
We rejoice with the Djabbarbergenov family that they have been reunited in safety, prior to the birth of their 5th child. Read more of Makset’s story>>
Rejoicing with you,
Open Doors USA