This pastor will spend three years in prison for singing.
This pastor will spend three years in prison for singing.
Aug. 10, 2017 | Tajikistan

Pray for Bakhrom Kholmatov, Imprisoned for "Extremist" Songs

[297] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Bakhrom.

Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov, who has been detained by secret police since April 2017, was sentenced recently to three years in prison. The 42-year-old pastor was arrested on April 10 after police raided the Full Gospel Protestant Church, harassing and beating church members. Christians in Tajikistan told Forum 18 that the pastor was jailed for singing extremist songs in church and inciting “religious hatred.” After authorities began targeting the church and its affiliates earlier this year, many church members left the church or stopped attending out of fear. The pastor is married and has three children. Please pray that the pastor, his family and his extended church family will remain faithful during this difficult time.

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  • Keep the song going in this dear pastor's heart and let him not be discouraged. Help him to know that you are working things out for him in the unseen realm and that you are his Blessed Controller. Keep him safe and help the believers there to become bold for Christ. Give them discernment on their actions.
    Kathleen R - USA
  • Oh God, strengthen Your church. Bless this pastor and bring the persecutors to repentance.
    Scott B - USA
  • Oh Lord, may Pastor Kholmatov continue to sing as he is in prison. Give him an even greater boldness in sharing his faith than he ever had before. Build up his wife and children's faith so that they are willing to share the truth with others, also. May the authorities see what an unjust thing it was to arrest Pastor Kholmatov. Bring revival, Lord!
    Tricia G - USA
  • Dear Father GOD Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6),
    Please saturate Your Church with Your HOLY SPIRIT, (Luke 11:13)
    The Lord is rich unto those who call out unto HIM, AMEN (Romans 10:12)
    eric H - USA
  • God, strengthen P. Kholmatov to continue to share the Gospel. Let his faith and determination not waver. Remind his family you are with them; aid them in their time of distress. Let those who left the church return with more determination to follow your Word. Call upon his persecutors to hear and believe your Gospel truth. According to your will. Amen.
    Delphine H - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we pray for the release of Pastor Kholmatov and for His faith to not fail him during this trial. Let the gospel spread in Tajikistan and give Christians boldness to preach to their families and community. Let signs and wonders follow the preaching of the gospel in this land that Jesus will draw all men unto Himself to be saved.
    MARI S - USA
  • Lord, let my dear brother feel prayers going out for him, worldwide! Keep Your song in His heart, as well as in the hearts of his loved ones. We pray for wonders through Your mighty hand & outstretched arm. Let all know You are at work on their behalf. Lift Bakhrom & his loved ones up & speak courage to them day & night in Jesus' mighty name, Amen
    Lisa T - USA
  • Faithful Father I pray that you give Pastor Bakhrom the courage and perserverance necessary to endure his unjust sentence. May he find joy in his trial and be a light to all he comes in contact with. Holy Spirit keep firm the faith of his wife and children, let them not stray, and please provide for their needs reminding them they are not abandoned.
    Ingrid V - USA
  • We thank you Lord for allowing us to be able to suffer for your kingdom and your namesake. Please give this family in this church the strength to persevere that they're suffering should not be in vain but would fulfill your heavenly purpose. We thank you Lord for all of the lives that are going to be changed by this great ministry in Jesus name
    Mellonie V - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov. I pray that his faith remains strong, and the faith of his family and congregation remain strong. Please deliver him from prison, and allow him to boldly go forth and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for granting my petition. In Jesus name, Amen
    Barry G - USA
  • I pray for Bakhrom that will spend no time in prison ever for his witness to be with his family and to teach the hymns to those who don't like the "extremist" songs. I also pray that You will use him for Your Glory and to win many for Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Thomas K - USA
  • Abundant blessings brother in Christ, keep up the faith and love for Jesus! Gods will protect you and keep singing to God, he is an awesome and may you be delivered! With God all things are possible!
    Analilia G - USA
  • Father, you see all things and know exactly what is going on here. I pray for this pastor and his family. I pray you strengthen and comfort them. I pray you give them courage to face the enemy with love and the message of the gospel as you did Peter on the day of Pentecost. Help them remain faithful. become more real to them as they live for you.
    polly c - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that the joy of the Lord would so fill Bakhrom that even in prison he would not cease to sing praise! Shield him and his family and provide for all their needs. Thank you that You were with Joseph in the prison (Gen. 39:21). Please reunite this family and restore the church. Bring his jailers to belief in Jesus!
    Carrie H - USA
  • Father, thank You for Pastor Bakhrom. I pray for his speedy release. I pray that You would give him favor and release him from jail. I pray that You would provide his family with strength in their time of need. Please Holy Spirit comfort them. Please come for the children. I pray for the church members of Full Gospel that they would be strong.
    Kia W - USA
  • Father, Your name is worthy of our praise, even if it lands us in jail. Please give courage and peace to Bakhrom and his biological and church family during this time. Please provide for the family and protect them and Bakhrom. May they all grow closer to Jesus and stronger in faith during this time and may many others see Jesus and be saved.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you for always being with us. I pray for healing for those persecuted and forced to flee homes, comfort for family and friends of those lost or injured, security for those sharing You despite threats, and salvation to those who are persecuting your Church. I pray Your light would shine for many to see through these trials. Amen
    Olga G - USA
  • Father, please protect this Your child. Allow Him to serve you in prison. Also protect Your church as they stop going for fear. Please protect his family and provide their needs. Help their church family to continue grown and staying faithful. Amen
    Isabel S - USA
  • Father You know the situation for this Pastor and his church family. I pray for perseverance, strength and peace for each one during this time. I pray their resolve to further the Gospel will not be shaken and countless will come to know You through them.
    Tricia W - USA
  • Father, you inhabit the praise of your children. You send your angels to release your imprisoned children and disciples. We see this in your Word repeatedly. In Jesus' name, we ask you to send those angels to Pastor Bakhrom and release him as well as to raise up this church as a protected beacon on the dark hill of Tajikistan and change the atmosphe
    Jacquie W - USA
  • Holy Father, We cry out to you, for the enemy seems victorious in his destructive strategies. Move in against him. Let your name be proclaimed. Let the light of your joyous salvation come to Tajikistan. Uphold Bakhrom, let him heal of all hurts, and not be bitter. Fan the flame in him for the glory of your name Lord Jesus Christ.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Lord, I lift up Pastor Bakhrom and his family as they participate in the suffering of Christ. May they be encouraged by the prayers of their Christian brothers and sisters around the world, and may they experience the blessing of being persecuted for righteousness. Holy Spirit, fill them with hope, joy, strength, peace, forgiveness, and love.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dearest Abba, grant your children here freedom from persecution. Cause the authorities to give them freedom to worship you and raise their children in faith. Rise up against the cruel punishment they face for loving you, while exposing the people to your love for them, and the truth of your son who died for them.
    Lynette G - USA
  • God, I praise you being such a good and faithful Father, who hears our cries, who has conquered this world, and who is omniscient everywhere. Even when we feel alone, you are there. I pray for my brother Bakrhrom. I praise you that you have given him a new life in you. I pray that although he is in prison, that you help Him remember to count it all joy
    Joseph T - USA
  • In the name of Yeshua HaMashiac, I pray that pastor Kholmatov,, his family and his extended church family will remain faithful during this difficult time they are being tested. Please allow them to continue to minister to others despite the trial & difficult times they are facing due to their faith in your Yahovah. Amen!
    Jay B - USA
  • Lord, give Pastor Bakhrom Your great courage to share the hope that is Christ. Let him open his mouth in song and give You great praise. Bless him as he suffers. Open the Tajikistan people hearts to an eternity in Hell without Christ. Give them great urgency and the need for hope that comes from Christ. Amen
    ej L - USA
  • Padre bueno, pongo en tus manos al pastorBakhrom, cuídalo, protégelo, haz un milagro en su vida, así como lo hiciste con Daniel, déjalo libre y cuida a su familia y a su Iglesia en nombre de Cristo Jesus amen.
    Silvia C - USA
  • Lord I pray that you would help pastor Bakhrom to remain faithful during this time because he stayed with the church when others left and he sang his heart to you and now he is in prison. But you are are our faithful God and I pray that you would encounter this man in prison and reveal your great love to him. I pray for his release In Jesus name.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord, I thank You for Bakhrom and his church family. I pray that he is influential in prison until he is released. I also pray for the charges to be dropped and that the church begins to grow once again in renewed courage and faith. Please bless his family with security and peace while he is away, Lord. In Jesus's name, Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • May GOD protect Bakhrom's family just like HE protected John Bunyan's family. In Christ love, Amen!
    Raymond Y - China
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