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KAZAKHSTAN: Church Leader Imprisoned on False Charges

A local church leader and teacher in Kazakhstan was sentenced to two years in prison on 3 October, after being convicted of making a false emergency-services call.

On 14 April 2015, someone using Yuri Pak’s mobile phone made a prank phone call to Kazakhstan’s emergency services.

The evidence used against Yuri Pak is a two-minute recording of a drunken man making a bomb threat and using prison jargon. Expert witnesses testified that the caller’s voice does not match Yuri Pak’s voice.

Additionally, the caller references spending 10 years in prison and being angry at police, but Yuri Pak has never been in prison. The government in this majority Muslim country appears to be using these false charges to persecute him because of his role in the Christian church.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

 Prayer Points

  • Pray for justice for Yuri Pak; may the full facts of the case be brought to light. Pray the judicial system will treat him without partiality.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen Yuri Pak and his family; pray they will not fall into fear or despair but trust in the Lord’s will.
  • Pray the Lord will provide Yuri Pak with opportunities to share the Gospel while in prison; may he have the blessing of witnessing the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.
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3 Responses to KAZAKHSTAN: Church Leader Imprisoned on False Charges

  1. Janice McCulloch 18 November 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Praying for this family & church after the sad loss of this dear little girl.
    Praying for Yuri in prison-for justice for him in his appeal & opportunities to share Christ while he awaits release.
    & PTL for India for many more coming to Christ despite persecution.

  2. Janice McCulloch 18 November 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    Thankyou for the news & prayer requests. Such a privilege to pray with u!

    • Voice of the Martyrs 21 November 2016 at 9:31 am #

      God bless you Janice.

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