Unregistered churches are sometimes monitored by the government.
Unregistered churches are sometimes monitored by the government.
Nov. 18, 2021 | Kazakhstan

Officials Monitor Unregistered Church

[136] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Religious Affairs Department officials.

An unregistered church in Oral was fined after a police raid in January, and officials continue to monitor the congregation regularly. On Jan. 8, police and officials from the Religious Affairs Department raided the church’s Christmas service, taking several members of the congregation to the police station. They fined two members the equivalent of one month’s salary. Since then, an official has been present to monitor church meetings. For the last six months, the official has been the same woman, who sits in the back and records the meetings. She also counts how many people are there and tracks attendees. “Let her come and hear the word of God,” one church member said. “We don't allow her to record, but she still does it.” Another pastor from elsewhere in Kazakhstan said it used to be common for officials to monitor church services but is now rarer. Pray that the official sitting in these church services in Oral will be touched by the gospel.

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  • Our Father, please help our brothers and sisters in Kazakstan. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father God, I believe this woman is sitting there because the Holy Spirit is bringing her back. May she be unable to resist the gospel and come under conviction and give her life to Christ. In Jesus name I pray this for His sake. Amen
    Mari V - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Adonai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness and goodness of Kazakhstan church as they deal with religious affairs department. We ask for a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, strengthen the pastor of this church & its people to boldly preach the gospel. fill them with such joy that this official can't help but notice. May they love her and reach out to her. I pray, Holy Spirit, that you will get ahold of her and bring her to repentance and that this will be the case for any other other official sent to monitor.
    Beatrice W - USA
  • Lord You are the God of miracles. We ask that those who monitor the churches to be touched by Your Word, convicted of their sin and come to know You as their Savior. Give the believers forgiveness toward their persecutors and freedom from fear as they gather together. Your Word will move forward no. matter how hard the enemy tries to stop it.
    kathleen r - USA
  • O Lord, the Author and Finisher of Our Faith, I pray that You would melt hte heart of stone in this woman and give a heart of flesh that receives Christ. May she be an ally to this church and hide "unlawful" behavior from the authorities so this church can thrive. Show Christ to the officials and may it bring down strongholds in Kazahkstan. Amen.
    Joan B - USA
  • Father bless this church in Oral, that they become more and more like the body of Christ you want them to be. Help them love and serve this woman monitoring their services. Open her eyes to your truth and move her heart to embrace Christ. Give her courage to do so. May this church be salt and light in that city so that many come to your eternal life.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Abba! I thank You that Christ Jesus is leading our brethren's hearts into the full knowledge and expression of the love of God and the patience endurance which comes from Christ. May the veil over the officials eyes of understanding be removed so that they may receive God's love and salvation. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for an unregistered church in Oral, Kazakhstan: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. May they find favor with authorities. May the one official who sits through services will be touched by the Gospel. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Yes, Father, may this woman's heart be touched and moved by the words she hears so she receives Christ and then her testimony of conversion is heard far and wide. May this church continue to grow and flourish despite any government intrusion. Replace those funds that were lost due to the fines so You receive the glory. In Jesus' Name.
    janie b - USA
  • Lord God, I thank You for these believers who are boldly proclaiming Your gospel. May they continue to proclaim the truth, and walk in the love and unity that proclaims Your Spirit is within them. I pray that the officials who come to the services would be transformed by Your word, that they would bow in repentance before You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • OLord, touch this woman who observes heart with your love & forgiveness. Open her heart & ears to hear your word & respond in repentance & salvation thru Jesus. Let Oral become a place that honors you. Guide & direct the path of this church as they walk in faith with you. We eagerly wait for your return. Come for your bride, the church, Jesus. Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Father, thank You for this church in Oral that continues to gather for worship in spite of persecution. We ask that You open the ears of the monitor and soften her heart to truly believe the Gospel herself and become a part of this church. Bless the members as they pray for and minister to her.
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, the grass withers and the flower fades but Your Word lasts forever and we pray it will have an eternal impact on the Religious Affairs Department official who is monitoring the church services. May Your powerful Word be ingrained in her spirit and mind and compel her to repent and acknowledge Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, Lord, and God.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Abba my Adonai , I give praise for these brethren in Kazakhstan for their continual sharing of the gospel. I pray Lord this official attending would hear the word and heart would be opened to receive and she would accept the gift of salvation through Yeshua and from there many more would come to know Him. Thank You Lord in advance
    Yahliah M - USA
  • Lord, I thank you that you have positioned this woman in a place to hear your word regularly. Please use this congregation to show her the love of Christ. Bless the preacher as he speaks your truths and soften her heart. Show her your love through these people and give them the right words to her. In Jesus's name, I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Lord God, move in this woman's heart. Let your word produce a harvest in her. Let her come to openly confess a change of heart. Bring the dead to life.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Lord, I pray for the persecution that the churches in Kazakhstan are suffering. I pray Laura that you will lead this person who is observing their services with the intention to close their churches and to home their members, that she will come to know you. If the church leaders wisdom I'm trusting you I'm feeling like this matter.
    Clarice M - USA
  • Father, thank you for the faithfulness of your people, and their openness to the woman who is coming recording their services. I ask with them that You will communicate the truth of the gospel to her and touch her heart at very deep levels as she hears from week to week the story of Jesus Christ. I ask that the church people will love and welcome her
    Karen K - USA
  • Eternal Father, bless this official who is monitoring the church service. Open her heart and mind to the truth and let her hear the gospel. Turn her from walking in unrighteousness. Let her come to faith in Christ Jesus and make her to walk in Your will and Your ways. Make her to be a witness to others and to glorify You. Amen
    Andre K - USA
  • Lord, we do pray for this woman who is hearing your word regularly. We would like to be praying soon that you will keep her strong in her faith as she stands up against those from whom she has defected! Please take off the spiritual blinders and flood her with your love. Use her in her key position to make a way for churches to meet without harassment.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that this official will be touched by the gospel and will learn your word. i pray that the Religious Affairs Department will not fine any of the members who come to hear your word. Amen.
    melody b - USA
  • Dear Father,
    It is lovely when brothers and sisters come together to worship Your name, and to have fellowship with one another. Therefore, allow these children of Yours to continue to meet at church. I also pray that the lady who records the sermons gets to meet the real God and be transformed by Your holy Word. Amen.
    Sabina B - Romania
  • My most Holy Father, please allow this body of believers to continue to worship You even during this very difficult time. I pray that the monitor will hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and give her heart to Him. Thank you for the faithfulness of these Christians who remain strong to share the Word. In Christ's name, Amen.
    Dianne B - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    I pray for Religious Affairs Department officials that they will be touched by the gospel. I pray that these people could continue to worship you in peace. In your Holy name I pray, amen.
    Marisa M - USA
  • Dear God, please help these people not to fine my brothers and sisters. I pray You would bless this lady in thinking about Your word. I pray she would hear Your voice and You would drawer to your son in Jesus name amen
    Sierra H - USA
  • God bless you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. May God give you the peace that passes all understanding and be a very present help in trouble. Pro 18:10 ESV 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Father in Heaven I present The R A D to you, and pray. That you will touch their heart with. Grace and open blinded. Eyes and heart and let the gospel light shine thru, as you did Saul on the Damascus Road, that instead of persecuting they will be a witness for our Saviour, as they comes to know your peace and saving grace, let them taste the joy
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • El Shaddai, Nothing goes unnoticed by Your Holy Eyes. I pray that the woman monitoring the worship meetings in Kazakhstan will have her eyes opened and her heart softened by hearing the Gospel. May the Word of God penetrate her heart and bring her into Your Kingdom of Light. In Jesus's Name, AMEN
    Linda R - USA
  • Praying.
    Radhika V - India
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