Pastor Zhetis has long dealt with harassment from the local authorities as he serves in Shymkent.
Pastor Zhetis has long dealt with harassment from the local authorities as he serves in Shymkent.
Nov. 12, 2020 | Kazakhstan

Pastor Jailed

[269] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Pastor Zhetis.

A pastor in Shymkent spent 10 days in prison on a false charge of breaking pandemic quarantine requirements, the latest in a string of harassments. Zhetis Raulov is the pastor of New Life Church in the city of Shymkent and is familiar with how local authorities pressure Christians in this former Soviet Republic. During quarantine in April, Zhetis was summoned to meet representatives of the Religious Affairs at his church building. Aware of the predilections of authorities, Zhetis parked his car outside city limits and took a taxi to the meeting so he could not be accused of breaking quarantine driving restrictions. No one showed up for the meeting, so he returned to his car; minutes later, he was pulled over by a police car for breaking quarantine. After a five-minute trial, Zhetis was sentenced to 10 days in prison, and authorities harassed his family during that time. A VOM field worker writes, “Pray that God would give strength, courage and wisdom to Pastor Zhetis and his family in dealing with the local authorities. Pray that the Justice Department and General Prosecutors’ office in the capital would pay attention to the lawlessness being committed against a Christian pastor.”

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  • Lord, we praise you for the faith of Pastor Zhetis and we pray for your Spirit to move mightily through him and his ministry. Bring many people to faith in your Son, we pray. Protect him and his family and give each of them supernatural courage and peace in the face of hardship. Encourage his heart we pray.
    Jackie V - USA
  • I lift up Pastor Zhetis and family to you, OLord. He has been harassed and persecuted by his government. Give him patience and make him clever to beat them at their own games. Thwart their plans against him. Take up his troubles to those who can give justice. Protect him &his family, & provide for their need. Bring encouragement and refreshment.
    SM D - USA
  • Release our brother , Lord.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, you see the lies and the working of the enemy to stop your work. I pray for this pastor and his family. I pray you give them wisdom in handling this. Help them to show love to their enemies. Speak to the authorities hearts. Father, move in this situation. Let the truth prevail. Pour out your Spirit. Strengthen your children. Save the lost
    polly c - USA
  • Lord I lift up my dear brother & his family. Grant them patience, & grace as they deal with corrupt people. Minister strength, courage, wisdom & all they need. May they stand firm in the faith in Jesus' Name. May they be a light for You as many as drawn to You. Psalm 5::12 over Pastor Zhetis & his family. Remind them of this beautiful truth IJN
    Lisa T - USA
  • In the precious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God of light, and Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Zhetis. We ask for provision, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for Pastor Zhetis & his family in the continued harassment. Open the eyes of those in power to these injustices. Give Pastor Zhetis wisdom & peace, pour out Your Spirit on him, blessing him with Your strength & courage! May Your name be glorified in all of this. Turn what is meant for evil into opportunities for the Gospel to be told!
    Madison F - USA
  • Our Father, please let us have good News asap. Free Pastor Zhetis. In the name of Jeesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Lord God,
    I pray for for quick justice for Pastor Zhetis. Cause those in authority to stand up and do the right thing on his behalf. Soften wicked hearts and turn these people to You. Give strength to this Pastor and his family. Comfort them and bring healing. Give them wisdom & discernment on what to do. In Jesus mighty name I pray Amen
    Deidre S - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that You would strengthen and encourage Pastor Zhetis and his family. May they remember that You are the King, greater than any corrupt government, and may they rest in Your perfect wisdom. Please allow justice to be served and may he and his family have wisdom and courage to continue following You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Thank you for providing grace for Pastor Zhetix during this hour of trial. Please enable his family to stay strong through this test as well and may the family glorify You during this time. Open the eyes and hearts of the officials to see the light and joy of these your children. May your Holy Spirit direct them in future. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Dear LORD, we praise You for Pastor Zhetis and his family. These which Your hands have created. 1 Cor 1:20 reminds us You made foolish the wisdom of the world. You thwart the cleverness that goes against Your will. In Christ, Pastor Zhetis and his family are enriched with all speech and knowledge. Draw them unto You and remind them of Your promises.
    Peg B - USA
  • Father, I pray that Pastor Zhetis and the other disciples in Shymkent will exercise discernment and godly wisdom as they inertact with the local authorities during the coronavirus pandemic. May they comply with the spirit of the law but not compromise their convictions regarding God's Word and the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Messiah.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, I ask that the bias and harassment of the authorities again Pastor Zhetis and his family would stop. Continue to give him courage, wisdom, guidance, protection in all things as he lets the Holy Spirit live through him. May he and his biological and church family trust Jesus fully. Open blind eyes and draw many to Jesus in Kazakhstan. Thank You
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Thank you for protecting Zhetis and his family. Give them wisdom and peace to know how you want
    them to walk in these last days before your son returns. I pray Psalms 91 over their church. In your
    sons name Jesus Christ
    sue g - USA
  • In the glorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, the God Who sees, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Zhetis and other Kazakstan believers. We praise You that You see and provide for them. We ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven come to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Holy Father, bless Pastor Zhetis with wisdom in dealing with authorities, and strength for the harassments he and the other Christians are facing. May his faithfulness to You be an encouragement to others to follow Jesus. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Father, please continue to uphold and encourage Pastor Zhetis through each time he is harassed. Let him know the joy of suffering for Christ's sake. Give him wisdom in each response enabling him to show and to speak the Gospel to those who persecute him. Move throughout all of Kazakhstan and draw the lost to yourself. Make Christ known.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Father please may justice be done for Pastor Zhetis. Please may the spread of the gospel and his work for you not be hindered.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the glorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shalom. as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Zhetis and church. We ask for peace for them, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • In the glorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shalom. as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Zhetis and church. We ask for peace for them, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God, give Pastor Zhetis and his family the strength, courage and wisdom to deal with the local authorities. We pray that Your justice and righteousness will flow like a river and mighty stream when it comes to the Justice Department and General Prosecutors' office addressing the lawlessness being committed against Christian pastors. Amen
    Everett T - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    Please be with Pastor Zhetis and bless him to remain calm in this storm. Be with his family so that they can have faith in your ability to protect Your people. I also pray for His prosecutors , Lord open their eyes and allow them to see the truth and be in favor of Pastor Zhetis. Thank You for your sovereign hand. In Jesus name
    Am
    Kiersten A - USA
  • Dear Father,
    Please be with Zhetis. I thank You for him and I pray He'd be released and that You would grant justice and peace for him and his family. Please let the authorities leave their family alone and even be compelled to follow Christ. In Jesus's Name I pray,
    Amen
    Taylor C - USA
  • Father, I pray that no weapon formed against Pastor Zhetis or any believers in Kazakhstan will prosper. Rebuke the devour that would try to discourage these believers in Jesus Christ. May they stand strong and committed to You and Your will for them. Provide for their every need according to Your riches in glove in Christ Jesus!
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Father God, protect pastor from ongoing harrasment from the police, let him share the gospel with his people, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father. Guide Pastor Zhetis in his dealings with the local authorities. Allow his faith in you to grant a change of heart in his persecutors. In Jesus's name. Amen.
    Karen C - USA
  • Dear Lord, please give Pastor Zhetis wisdom and protection during this time of trial. Continue to strengthen his faith and help him to know that he is an example to all of us of how to stand fast. Soften the hearts of his persecutors so that they, too, may know the love of Christ.
    Betty A - USA
  • Father, I pray for courage, wisdom, and strength for Pastor Zhetis and his family. Thank you for his faithfulness. I pray the Justice Department and the General Prosecutor's office would have eyes to see the lawlessness committed against him.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Father I pray for pastor Zhetis that he would have wisdom, strength and love in dealing with the government. I pray for justice in this situation and that people in the government would see that it is wrong to treat Christians or anyone else this way. I thank you for pastor Zhetis and his faithful witness.
    Paul K - USA
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