Believers in Karshi were penalized for praying together.
Believers in Karshi were penalized for praying together.
Aug. 23, 2018 | Uzbekistan

Judge Forbids Christians from Meeting for Prayer

[221] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Khamid and Ziyatullo.

Police in the city of Karshi raided the homes of two Christians recently, taking them and five other believers in for questioning. On May 23, police raided the homes of Khamid Rakhmonov and Ziyatullo Rakhmonov (no relation) before taking both to the police station for questioning. That same day, they summoned five other Christians, questioning all of them about why they attend unapproved Christian worship meetings and who invites them to the meetings. They were held for seven and a half hours before being released and told to return the next day. When they arrived the next day, police immediately escorted them to the Karshi Administrative Court, where the judge again asked why they attend unapproved worship meetings and where they get their Bibles. One of the men, Nabizhon Bolikulov, told the judge that he got his Bible from the officially registered Bible Society and that he would continue to attend worship services. The judge jailed Bolikulov for five days and fined the others, warning them to practice their prayers at home. Pray that believers in Karshi will remain committed to gathering for prayer and worship.

Write your own prayer for Khamid and Ziyatullo

  • Father, thank You for Nabizhon's boldness in responding to the judge. I ask that You will grant Your people courage, hope, and love in the face of this opposition. I Pray for Your lovingkindness to be seen through their lives as they continue to follow You.
    Karen K - USA
  • Make these saints faithful in prayer and service, despite persecution.
    Mark M - USA
  • Thank You, Father, that Your jurisdictions are in our hearts. Please help Khamid and Ziyatullo. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father, through your blessed saints, please show all people in Uzbekistan that we are of the Spirit and prayer is our life and connection with our God. That the saints also pray for their salvation. Let all be convicted by the truth and the movement of the Holy Spirit. Help your people not to lose heart, but make a way dear Father God in Jesus' name.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Our Father, please help Uzbekistan people, let them have Your Word as their guidelines. Please help Khamid and Ziyatullo and meet their needs. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father please strengthen and protect them from the evil one. Let them know the power of Christ's resurrection as they share in His suffering. Fill them with an inexpressible joy as they are counted worthy to suffer for you. Comfort those who mourn with your eternal comfort and good hope, Remind them they can do all things through Christ.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Abba please give your children wisdom to be cautious in gathering for worship and prayer. Please Jesus deal with the judge that he may never again punish your children for worshiping you God. May your power be manifested through them. May those who who deny your love be brought low to feel the brunt of brutality they inflict upon your children,Jesus !
    Benedicta N - USA
  • Father, anoint the believers in Karshi to remain committed to gathering for prayer and worship.
    Kathleen R - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank You for Khamid, Ziyatullo & five other believers in Karshi, Uzbekistan. We praise You for their faithfulness. Thank You for Nabizhon's boldness & his willingness to pay the price. We ask that You would continue to encourage & draw these members to gather for prayer & worship, bringing glory to You. Please give wisdom & peace.
    Peg B - USA
  • Father God, I pray a hedge of protection for these believers and pray they would be strengthened in their faith to continue in fellowship with one another bringing in new believers. Please Lord, let this church grow in boldness, peace and safety from the authorities. In Jesus Name Amen
    Pat D - Canada
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  • Thank you that they see the power of bible reading and gathering together and group prayer. Give them the strength to not forsake meeting together despite this opposition and inconvenience and threats. You are worth it all, and so let us all forsake all for you. Thank you for working in Uzbekistan and thru your faithful elect. Bless them by your name!
    Grace O - USA
  • Thank You, Father, for these Christians who so boldly stood for Christ. Strengthen Brother Bolikov and provide for all of their fines. Deliver the Church in Uzbekistan from the fear of man. May they follow Peter & John who told those who tried to stop their preaching "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God."
    Toni D - USA
  • I pray for Khamid and Ziyatullo that they continue to worship in private and in public and that they stand strong in the faith. I pray that the judge has a change of heart and lets them worship in peace. I pray that Jesus stands with them in the fire and that He grants them Grace and mercy them in this dark hour. I pray that you will have them safe!
    Brian E - USA
  • Father, sometimes I don't know what you would have believers do. I pray you would strengthen your children in Karshi. I pray you would give them wisdom in knowing how and what to do. I pray you would remove any fear the enemy may try to put upon them. Father, if it be possible, I pray you would make a way for them to meet legally. Guide them
    polly c - USA
  • Our Father, please strengthen Khamid and Ziyatullo in faith and let them continue to worship You and have prayer meetings with eachothers. In the name of Jesud Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father thank You for the believers in Karachi. I pray for the Christians there that You would protect them and keep them safe. Give them strength and boldness in the midst of persecution. Help them remain faithful and please bless them. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Dear Father, we thank you for Khamid and Ziyatullo's faith in You Lord. Thank you for their boldness for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please continue to strengthen them and uphold them by your Righteous Right Hand and give them courage to continue to meet for worship and be bold for you! In Jesus Name
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for the Christians in Karshi. Give them the strength and courage to stand strong in You through this time. May they be able to continue to meet together in Your name; to find strength in being with other believers. Be with them, Lord, and lead them all each step of the way.
    In Your Holy Name, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Dear Father, I pray that these Christian brothers and sisters who were jailed and questioned will be a strong witness to those who arrested them, jailed them, and questioned them. May those who took part in this see the peace and love that the Christians show, and may they also come to a faith in Jesus Christ. All for Your glory, dear Father! Amen.
    Tricia G - USA
  • Father, we thank You for Khamid and Ziyatullo and their gift of faith. Protect them. Provide for them. Encourage and strengthen them so they and their fellow believers will continue to meet for worship and praise. Use them to win many more to faith in Jesus.
    Janet A - USA
  • Lord, show Nabizhon and the other believers how and where they can gather safely for prayer and worship. Give them wisdom and courage as they follow you.
    michele r - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you would be glorified in Kharshi! I asked you for revival there and for many to turn to Jesus there! I pray Khamid and Ziyatullo would be strong in faith and abide in You and Your Word. I pray You would keep them safe and hide them under the shelter of Your wing. I pray you would make their enemies even to turn to You
    Sandi T - USA
  • I pray for the body of believers in Karshi to be strong in the LORD even under the persecution knowing that they are not an exception but they have brothers and sisters carrying them with prayers across the world. I pray for brother Khamid and Ziyatulllo to remain strong and focus on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Father God,
    Please strengthen Khamid, Ziyatullo, Bolikulov, and other believers in Karsi to have courage and continued commitment to gathering for prayer and worship, despite persecution. Protect them against spiritual attacks. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Debbie D - USA
  • Father thank you for his heart. Provide everything he needs in jesus name amen
    Crystal M - USA
  • Lord, please strengthen the believers in this nation that is hostile to you. Please work in this judge's heart and make him curious to know more about you. Please protect these believers and allow them to continue to gather to pray and seek you. May their devotion be an example to those of us who are free to gather but often take it for granted.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Lord, i pray that you accomplish your good purpose through your servants in Uzbekistan. strengthen their faith , grow them in your love. Undo the oppressive devils of the enemy. in Jesus most precious Name. Amen
    pokas p - United Kingdom
  • LORD JESUS, Strengthen these Your children as they determine to stand for Your name. I ask that You perform miracles at their hands so that others would see and believe. I ask that you amaze the local community with the love they display. Holy Spirit, melt the hearts of attackers! Move others to follow You.
    Patricia W - USA
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