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

Officials Monitor Unregistered Church

[171] prayers in [16] 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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  • In the name of Jesus, we ask for supernatural miracle in Oral's church, we pray that Holy Spirit is already working in that woman, and Father open her eyes and remove the veil so she can witness the true love of Jesus. We also ask for revival in Kazakhstan and for the whole nation, in the name of Jesus, fire of the Holy Ghost will touch every soul.
    Aliya S - USA
  • Father, for Thy "law is perfect, refreshing the soul. Thy statutes are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Thy precepts are right, giving joy to the heart. Thy commands are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of Thee is pure, enduring forever. Thy decrees are firm, all of them righteous." May the official be touched your blameless Word.
    Jonathan C - Hong Kong
  • Lord, we pray for protection, courage, and wisdom for this church, and we ask that as they proclaim your truth, hearts will be touched and changed. For this official who sits under the teaching of your Word, we ask that you open her eyes and turn her from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to the power of God to receive forgiveness and life.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father, I thank you for this church and for the pastor and his faithfulness. I thank you that you have placed this women there to monitor knowing that nothing is by accident. Please work mightily in her heart and I pray that we will one day hear of her conversion. Please give this church continued faith and courage and trust in Your Word and Christ.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Jesus, bring this official to a knowledge of You. Send Your Holy Spirit to encourage, and strengthen the Christians. Convict the officials who arrested and fined them. Bring more people to know you, Jesus.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • I pray for the church in Oral, Kazakhstan, for boldness for the pastor to preach the Word, for continued faithfulness from the church members, and for the female official who is monitoring the services, that she will come to know You as Saviour and Lord.
    Amen.
    Cassidy J - Canada
  • Lord, we are asking for You to radically reveal Yourself to these officials in Kazakhstan who are attending church services. Grant these bodies of believers grace and wisdom in how and when they meet and grace to love and forgive these officials who are sent to spy on them. Soften the hearts of these officials and grant boldness to believers, amen.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Father we pray these who monitor their service will hear the gospel and see what they have been missing. May God speak to their hearts and burden them compassion, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • Dear Father, we thank you for the boldness of the believers in Kazakhstan and in particular this church in Oral. As they have asked for the salvation of the government official, I join them with others around the world praying for this to happen. May the gospel spread in Kazakhstan in the Name of Jesus!! Amen
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Almighty God, I pray to you to touch those officials who monitor the church services with your word and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I pray for their hearts to be filled with the word of life and be transformed by the renewing of their minds. i ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Dear Father God, I pray this woman who is monitoring the church services will be touched by the Holy Spirit, dear Father God and she will come to faith in Jesus. In Jesus name, for His sake, I pray. Amen
    Marti V - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    We ask that You would touch the heart of yhis woman monitoring this church; let the Spirit move and for her to seek You as Savior as hearing the truth preached. Be with the pastor and the congregation; give them peace, joy and love that they may shine for You!
    In the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Move the heart of the monitor to favor these Christians and lead her to salvation, please, Jesus.
    michele r - USA
  • Father in heaven, we pray that this woman would begin to monitor Your Son Jesus Christ, and that she would begin to record His great promises. We pray that Your mercy and light would shine upon the darkness in her soul and bring her into Your glorious kingdom. Bless now Your servants to love her. In Jesus' name. Amen.
    john p - USA
  • Our Father, may all who hear Your word be blessed by hearing it. Plant seeds into the hearts of those who are monitoring Your children. May those seeds grow, and bring a rich harvest of believers into Your family. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray for this unregistered church in Oral that is being regularly monitored. May your glory be revealed in this situation and the woman monitor become a Christian believer. I pray for the other unregistered churches as well to proclaim the gospel of Christ. Amen
    Steve P - USA
  • Father please touch this woman with your gospel. Please show her the mercy and goodness you have for her and help her to embrace you.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God Jehovah Shepherd, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for salvation of Kazakhstan religious affairs department. We ask that they continue to trust Your unfailing love, place a hedge of protection around them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord I pray that You would work through the woman recording and that You would open her heart to the good news of the Gospel. I pray for her heart to be softened to who Jesus is and for her legacy to be changed.
    Joy H - USA
  • Heavenly Father we bring Religious Affairs Department officials in Kazakhstan to You. As they monitor worship services may their hearts be softened. Change hearts of stone to hearts of flesh so they may receive Your saving grace. Jesus save them! In Jesus' name we pray Amen.
    Marita J - USA
  • O Lord Almighty, thank you for the faith of the members of this church. I pray you will soften this official's heart as she hears the gospel each week. Let hers be another story of conversion we read about in the weeks to come. Grant them favor with the officials in Oral. And even more so, give this church spiritual strength through your love. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Sabaoth, God of hosts, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness for Kazakhstan church and religious affairs department. We ask for healing and deliverance, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven,
    I praise you for the beautiful work that you can do through even a small church going through trouble. If it is your will, help this woman who surveys the unregistered church to be touched by your powerful word. I also pray that you can guide the members of this church through the good and the bad.
    Abe L - USA
  • Father we bless you for the Church in Oral as we pray for divine protection , courage and strength. Pls bind them together with cord of love and let it be well with them. Pls touch the hearts of the officials and let the monitoring officer come to know and accept you as Lord. fight and defend your Church and let more souls be won to you Lord
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Lord,
    Thank You for the unregistered church in Oral and their willingness to follow You despite government persecution. I pray that You would use the hardship they experience to advance the Gospel in Kazakhstan. May those from the Religious Affairs Department have ears to hear the word of God during these church meetings they surveil.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father, I ask you to speak to the heart of this official. May she come to believe what she hears at the church. Bless this congregation. May they come to know you more.
    David R - USA
  • Father, Your Word is powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword! May it penetrate this woman's heart and may she surrender her life to You in Jesus' name!
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Dear Lord, open the hearts of these Religious Affairs Department officials so they will receive conviction by the Holy Spirit and be saved. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers. Thank you for strengthening them for the battle, May they never grow weary of the battle because they lean on you. Please turn this bad situation for good as only You can do. Please soften the heart of the official so that she may come to know you as Lord and Savior.
    In Jesus,
    Amen
    Lis S - USA
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