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

[250] 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.”

Click here to find out about Christian persecution in Kazakhstan and learn how to pray.

Write your own prayer for Pastor Zhetis

  • 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
  • May the Lord Jesus Christ become the source of strength for Pastor Zhetis & Family as well become their vindicator.
    Lanny G - Indonesia
  • Lord, please be with the Zhetis family. Thank You for their boldness in the face of constant pressure and persecution. May Sabbath come to them, Abba. Please let justice roll down in this situation. Care for their needs in the midst of it all. Please help their church to remain strong in You and in fellowship and prayer. Be very near to all there
    Amy G - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Pastor Zhetis and his willingness to serve You despite harassment from the state of Kazakhstan. I pray that You would strengthen him and his family, and give them the courage and wisdom to proceed as faithful followers of Jesus. Please convict the hearts of those in the Justice Department to recognize the wrongs being committed.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Almighty God, I lift up Pastor Zhetis and his family and ask for their protection and that you would strengthen their faith during this trial. Use this circumstance to further the gospel message and draw more people to Christ. I pray that the local authorities would recognize the lawlessness being done and hold those responsible accountable. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray Pastor Zhetis and his family: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. Give them wisdom; sustain them in dealing with local authorities. May those at the top pay attention. Give the Pastor & his family favor with these authorities & justice. Open the hearts of these authorities to You. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Praying fervently for strength, courage, and wisdom for Pastor Zhetis & his family in the midst of illegal & persistent lawlessness. How can the J.D. & D.A.'s offices remain blind while authorities are breaking the law? Your law stands as a LIGHT & You are the God of Justice (Is 51:4-5)
    No Fear amidst unjust human oppressors. Amen.
    Veronica R - Canada
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    Thank you so much for the faith of Pastor Zhetis. I pray that the Justice Department and General Prosecutors' office in the capital would pay attention to the lawlessness being committed against this Christian pastor. Please give Pastor Zhetis and his family wisdom and strength during this time.
    In your Holy name I pray,
    Amen.
    Marisa M - USA
  • Father, I pray for blessing in the life of Pastor Zhetis and his family. May the be built up and strengthen in you every day. Give him humility and wisdom to know how to lead your people in these troubled times. I pray for creative avenues into people's lives and for a great spiritual harvest of new believers. Fill him with love for his persecutors.
    Rachelle W - USA
  • Father God, i pray that You will give strength, courage and wisdom to Pastor Zhetis and his family in dealing with the local authorities. I pray that the Justice Department and General Prosecutors' office in the capital would pay attention to the lawlessness being committed against a Christian pastor. Thank you for his steadfast faith.
    Helen W - USA
  • Father God, I pray that You will give strength, courage and wisdom to Pastor Zhetis and his family in dealing with the local authorities. I pray that the Justice Department and General Prosecutors' office in the capital would pay attention to the lawlessness being committed against a Christian pastor. Thank you, God, for his steadfast faith.
    Helen W - USA
  • I pray that our God and Father will continue to use you for His glory. I pray that He will protect you and those you love and that He will bring conviction to those who try to stand against you so that they will come to Christ. God bless you for the work you are doing for His Kingdom
    Kendall w - USA
  • LORD,
    I ask and pray that You bring immediate Justice and ask to Pastor Zhetis. Over turn laws and have Your way. You Know what to do Lord. Make his wrongs right in Jesus Mighty name we pray, Amen!!
    Deidre S - USA
  • Father God, please be with Pastor Zhetis and his family. Please grant him wisdom and discernment as he deals with local authorities and give him favor with authorities in the capital. Lord, please may Pastor Zhetis see people come to Christ and be encouraged, and may all believers be allowed to
    gather together freely everywhere. Thank You Jesus!
    Doree H - USA
  • Father, I lift up my brother to You. You know all things and are sovereign over all the kingdoms of this world.

    Let true justice be done. Let Your people be allowed to gather the world over.

    May praise to You come from all nations.
    In the name of my Lord Jesus.
    Aaron M - Japan
  • God, I pray that You would give strength, courage and wisdom to Pastor Zhetis and his family in dealing with the local authorities. Also, I pray that the Justice Department and General Prosecutors' office in the capital would pay attention to the lawlessness being committed against a Christian pastor. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
    Scott P - USA
  • Lord, we know you are with pastor Zhetis during this trial of his. Lift his spirits Lord and help him to not despair, but to keep steadfast in the Lord God who never changes. Bless the church body in his village, as well as the authorities who are harassing his family. May those who are persecuting come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Amanda E - USA
  • Heavenly Father thank you for My brothers courage. I pray that you would give him double for his trouble. Double measure of grace and joy as he endures persecution and false imprisonment during these times. May he be blessed beyond measure and supported greatly. In Jesus's name amen.
    Michelle M - USA
  • Be patient show the love of God . Pray for those who persecute you . You are blessed in the sight of God .
    Frederick P - USA
  • I give You praise for the glory joy on Pastor Zhetis' face. Continue that joy in his heart being grateful to suffer because he loves you and wants others to know you too. I pray those who set the trap for Zhetis will fall into their own traps and Christians in Kazakhstan will be unhindered from worship and evangelism.
    Lori R - USA
Load More Prayers