In the past year, more Muslim leaders in Sierra Leone have
converted to Christianity than ever before, according to a
VOM partner. "My heart is overflowing with joy, by
taking a brief reflection on what the Lord has accomplished
," he said. Evangelists in the area, all of whom are
converts from Islam, have received support and tools that
enable them to go farther for ministry and to visit converts
more often. They are using motorcycles and bicycles to
reach new communities, and they are providing the
communities with solar and crank radios that broadcast
Christian radio programs. "Most evenings brings a
group of new converts together to listen," the VOM partner
said. "The result and outcome of these tools cannot be
overemphasized." Praise God for these new Christian converts in Sierra Leone.
Kazakhstan--Uzbek Pastor Facing Extradition
Sources: VOM Canada, Forum 18 News
An Uzbek pastor who fled Uzbekistan in 2007 has been
arrested in Kazakhstan and faces extradition to his home
country on charges of illegally teaching religion and
distributing literature. Makset Djabbarbergenov, whose
wife is expecting their fifth child, was arrested after
police held his sister-in-law for two weeks in an effort
to discover his whereabouts. The 32-year-old pastor
faces up to three years in prison on each charge.
A court in Kazakhstan has ordered that Makset be
detained until the General Prosecutor’s Office
decides whether to extradite him to Uzbekistan.
Please pray that Makset will not be turned over to
Uzbek authorities. Pray that his growing family
will not be fearful but will continue to trust God.
Laos--Five Christian Leaders Arrested
Source: VOM Contacts
On Sept. 11, three Laotian pastors and two other Christian
leaders were arrested by district police. The three pastors
were bound with chains and sent to the Phin distric prison,
while the two others were turned over to provincial
leaders and released two days later. The three pastors
are enduring harsh conditions in prison -- all remain
in handcuffs and one is in stocks, bound by
the ankles. District police have visited the pastors’
homes and churches, asking members where
their churches obtain funds, why they became
Christians and whom the pastors have led to Christ.
All three pastors remain in prison, and two are
seriously ill. Pray that God will grant these pastors
strength and endurance. Pray that authorities will
provide them with needed medical treatment.
Pray for a team of teachers working in a "Mobile
Bible School." The teachers travel across the country
in a van, teaching in underground Bible schools.