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Bakhrom’s Kholmatov’s family say they are looking forward to Bakhrom’s expected release in April of 2020.

According to Bakhrom’s wife Gulnora, the first two years were a struggle, but now that his release date is less than a year away, she feels like she is nearing the end of a difficult season. Gulnora began to suffer from severe high blood pressure after her husband was detained. Fortunately, she has started to experience an improvement in her health.

Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov, who was detained by police in April 2017, was sentenced in July 2017 to three years in prison. The 44-year-old pastor also known as Bakhrom Holmatov, was arrested after KNB (national security) officers raided the Sonmin Sonbogym (Good News of Grace) Protestant Church, harassing and beating church members in addition to arresting the pastor. During the raid, the officers confiscated items from the church, including the pastor’s computer and the book More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell.

Officials claim that Christian songs found on Pastor Bakhrom’s computer and the More Than a Carpenter book are “extremist materials”.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for Pastor Bakhrom and his family as they look forward to reaching the end of this difficult trial. Pray they may finish this time well. Thank the Lord for Gulnora’s improved health.
  • Pray for Pastor Bakhrom as he considers his future, ask the Lord for His leading.
  • Pray the Lord will provide Pastor Bakhrom with opportunities to share the Gospel while he remains in detention.

You can write a note of encouragement to the family:

Family Kholmatov
Mikrorajon 32, house nr. 50
Hudjand
Sogdijsk region
735700
Tajikistan

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