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Arrested: January 2007
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January 21, 2007, Pastor Dmitry Shestakov was arrested in a raid on his
Full Gospel Church in Andijan, Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan’s Religious
Affairs Committee claims Shestakov, an evangelical pastor affiliated
with the registered Full Gospel Church, is not an authorized leader of
any officially-recognized religious organization in Uzbekistan. They
describe him as an “imposter” leading an underground group identified
as “Charismatic Pentecostals” engaged in proselytizing under
Shestakov’s leadership. He is appealing his four-year labor camp
sentence. We invite you to write a letter of encouragement to Pastor
Shestakov. You can make a difference for this pastor, even as he is in
prison. Write him a letter and pray God encourages him. Your letters
make a difference, sometimes resulting in shorter prison terms. Send a
letter of encouragement to Pastor Shestakov and also write to
Uzbekistan’s government requesting he be released.

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anonymous  April 23, 2008 5:45 AM

Pastor Beaten and Jailed in Samarkand - Forum 18 News

On April 3, Pastor Bobur Aslamov was beaten and jailed in the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, following a police raid on a house church meeting. According to Forum 18 News, "Other members of the house church were also beaten during the raid. The pastor remains in detention in an unknown location." At last report, no formal charges had been filed against him. Pray for the release of Pastor Aslamov from prison. Pray Uzbek Christians will continue to share Christ fearlessly despite the ongoing pressure. Ephesians 6:18-20  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  June 18, 2008 11:51 AM

Government Airs Television Program Aimed to Incite Muslims Against Christians – Forum 18 News

Earlier this week, Uzbekistan's state-run TV station showed a film which Christians and other religious minorities believe will incite religious hatred. According to Forum 18 News, the film entitled "In the clutches of ignorance," was shown before live coverage of the Euro 2008 football championship, to attract the largest possible audience. Forum 18 News reported, "The first broadcast of the film made some members of religious minorities 'afraid to go out on the street where they live for fear of being persecuted.' A member of a religious organization not attacked in the film stressed that members of their community are disturbed 'that members of religious minorities are cast in such a negative perspective.'" A Protestant attacked in the film told Forum 18 after the second showing, "The government is trying to stir up Muslims against Christians." Forum 18 News added, "Following the first showing, a Baptist congregation which has been attacked elsewhere in the state-run mass media was raided and banned from meeting. One Baptist complained that 'broadcasting such a film amounts to incitement of religious hatred in our country.'" Pray God protects Christians in Uzbekistan. Ask God to stop any attacks that the enemy has planned against believers as a result of this film. Pray Christians in Uzbekistan will show their persecutors the love of Christ. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
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anonymous  June 26, 2008 1:52 PM

UZBEKISTAN: "EVEN IN KAZAKHSTAN THE UZBEK AUTHORITIES WILL NOT LET HIM LIVE IN PEACE": Uzbekistan is continuing its manhunt outside the country for Makset Djabbarbergenov, a Christian who fled his homeland in summer 2007 to avoid arrest for his activity with his church. Read More>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  July 09, 2008 10:12 AM

Christian Detained on Terrorism Charges - Forum 18 News

On June 14, eight police officers claiming to be conducting an identity check, raided the home of Jandos Kuandikov in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, where several Christians were gathered to prepare for a wedding. According to Forum18 News, "Kuandikov was not home at the time, but when he returned he asked the police for a warrant authorizing their action. None was provided. Police demanded statements [proving] that a religious meeting was not being conducted but the family refused. Police then accused Kuandikov of being a terrorist and [a] Wahhabi (a form of Islam found predominantly in Saudi Arabia). The police continued their search and interrogation throughout the day and then took several of those present to the police station. All but [a Christian named] Aimurat Khayburahmanov, were eventually released. At last report, Khayburahmanov remained in detention on false charges of terrorism." Pray Uzbek Christians will be able to bless and pray for those who falsely accuse them. Pray for Aimurat Khayburahmanov to be released. Luke 6:27-28  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  April 03, 2009 10:23 PM

Dear Donna Matthews,
ICC recently received a letter from a young girl in Uzbekistan. She wrote:

vera shestakovMy name is Vera. I am 8 years old. I live in Uzbekistan. I have a Dad, a Mum, and two older sisters. We all believe in Jesus. My Dad is a pastor. Two years ago he was put in prison, because he spoke to people about God. I don't understand why.

My Dad is the best of all!

He is good, fun-loving and generous. I really miss him. He used to take me to the park and bought me ice-cream. We all long for him to be here. Mum often cries and worries about him. When I wake up each morning I really want to see Dad. I ask God to bring Dad back to us. So that everything will be as it was before. Help us to get my Dad back!

Vera Shestakova
Pastor's daughter. Uzbekistan

On January 21, 2007, Pastor Dmitry Shestakov was arrested in a raid on his Full Gospel Church in Andijan, Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's Religious Affairs Committee claims Shestakov, an evangelical pastor affiliated with the registered Full Gospel Church, is not an authorized leader of any officially-recognized religious organization in Uzbekistan. They describe him as an "imposter" leading an underground group engaged in proselytizing under Shestakov's leadership. He is appealing his four-year labor camp sentence.

ICC is joining a broad effort to send letters to Uzbekistan on behalf of Pastor Shestakov for the month of April, in conjunction with the website Would you join us, and help Vera see her father again?
Here's How You Can Help
#1 Pray: The first thing you can do to help is stop right now and ask the Lord to intervene.
#2 Next, review our petition. Uzbekistan officials are concerned about their relationship with the United States and other countries, so when the people shout, they will listen. We have also found that evil prefers to stay hidden and when we shine the light on it, it flees.
#3 Electronically sign the petition by clicking here.
#4 Print out the petition and take it to your church and have everyone you know sign it. Send it back to us so we can present it to the Uzbekistan President and Ambassador. Feel free to print out extra signature pages for large numbers of sign ups. When you have collected all your signatures, please mail the signature pages to (please note that our address has changed!):
PO Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
or fax them to us (301-585-5918).
Please get them back to us by April 22.
#5 Forward this email to all your email contacts and ask them to do the same.
Sincerely in Christ,
Jeff King
President, ICC
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: (800) ICC-5441
Fax: (301) 585-5918
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 June 17, 2010 3:14 PM

June 17, 2010

Dear Donna

“Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.” Psalm 119:49-50

Pastor in Kyrgyzstan Asks for Your Prayers

Ethnic unrest and violence, causing at least 124 deaths, have erupted in Osh, the second largest city in southern Kyrgyzstan. A pastor in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, sent Open Doors a letter describing the situation in detail, “There have been firefights, rapes, and murders. All the big shops and markets are either burned or plundered…You are not allowed to leave the city. All who tried to escape from the city were stopped at the checkpoints. They order you to go back and fight on the side of your nationality.”

Osh is near the border with Uzbekistan, and there is a sizable minority of Uzbeks living in Osh. Tens of thousands of Uzbek people are now fleeing the area and seeking refuge back in Uzbekistan. Although the source of the violence is unclear, tensions have been high in the area since the toppling of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev last April.

The pastor in Bishkek writes in his letter of a local pastor in Osh who has been taking great risks in protecting and transporting Christians and missionaries who are trapped in the war zone. In the letter he asks for our prayers, “Please pray together with us for Pastor X and his team. Also please pray for Christian women who have been hiding, that they are able to get to a safe place. And what is most important - please pray for peace!”

Father, we pray fervently that You would put an end to the violence and unrest taking place in Osh, and replace it with complete peace and unity throughout the wider region. We ask that You would protect the Christians that are in life-threatening situations, and continue comforting them with Your Holy Spirit.

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 January 22, 2011 6:05 AM

an 19 2011 Greiving Christian widow denied burial rights for her husband

Believers in Uzbekistan’s autonomous region of Karakalpakstan are familiar with suffering for the gospel. Active Christians are regularly harassed, beaten and fined by the authorities. But in recent days, a cruel new tactic has emerged.

When Sister Aksulu’s husband died of a heart attack, local authorities took the opportunity to punish her for her Christian faith. The first blow came when the town’s chief imam (Muslim leader) refused permission for a funeral procession to be held.

With courage, Aksulu went to the mosque to appeal. There she was told that she couldn’t bury her husband until she agreed to inform the authorities about other believers in the town, and to publicly renounce her faith in Christ. 

Refusing to comply, Aksulu returned home, and plead with local elders to help her bury her husband. After three days, several relented—arranging quietly for her husband’s burial just outside the cemetery. Soon afterwards, security police summoned the elders and rebuked them, warning them never to do such a thing again. Local officials then went from house to house, warning, ‘Whoever becomes a Christian will be punished like this. Your dead will not be buried!’

Please pray fervently for Aksulu, and others like her, who are facing humiliation and discrimination in the midst of their grief and loss. 

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 January 22, 2011 6:07 AM

Number 9 on the World Watch List for 2010, Uzbekistan is a country that relentlessly persecutes churches across the country-especially those active in evangelism to indigenous Uzbeks...
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 February 03, 2011 4:52 AM

Exactly four years after his arrest Uzbekistan authorities released Pastor Dmitry (David) Shestakov from the Navoi prison. Waiting at the gate where his wife, three daughters and several church members … tears of joy were flowing.
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