This pastor will spend three years in prison for singing.
This pastor will spend three years in prison for singing.
Aug. 10, 2017 | Tajikistan

Pray for Bakhrom Kholmatov, Imprisoned for "Extremist" Songs

[255] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Bakhrom.

Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov, who has been detained by secret police since April 2017, was sentenced recently to three years in prison. The 42-year-old pastor was arrested on April 10 after police raided the Full Gospel Protestant Church, harassing and beating church members. Christians in Tajikistan told Forum 18 that the pastor was jailed for singing extremist songs in church and inciting “religious hatred.” After authorities began targeting the church and its affiliates earlier this year, many church members left the church or stopped attending out of fear. The pastor is married and has three children. Please pray that the pastor, his family and his extended church family will remain faithful during this difficult time.

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  • Father, I lift up Pastor and his family and his church to You during this very hard time. Grant them Your peace that passes understanding. Strengthen their hearts in Christ as they persevere and fill them with Your joy. Provide for this family as they await the return of Pastor. May they be able to visit him and encourage him and all know Your care
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, I lift up Pastor and his family and his church to You during this very hard time. Grant them Your peace that passes understanding. Strengthen their hearts in Christ as they persevere and fill them with Your joy. Provide for this family as they await the return of Pastor. May they be able to visit him and encourage him and all know Your care
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, I lift up Pastor and his family and his church to You during this very hard time. Grant them Your peace that passes understanding. Strengthen their hearts in Christ as they persevere and fill them with Your joy. Provide for this family as they await the return of Pastor. May they be able to visit him and encourage him and all know Your care
    Gail M - USA
  • Father God, encourage Pastor Bakhrom, his family and his congregation. Give them courage and boldness to stand in the truth. Bless them with the sense of your close presence, your strength and your comfort. I pray for their accusers, that they will see your strength in them and turn to you. Amen
    Pierrette W - Canada
  • Father lighten the darkness around pastor bakhrom. Provide a constant hope and joy upon him and his family. Provide for his family physically mentally and spiritually.Send your favor to bring peace and grace where he is staying. Surround him with love so that he can give to all around him and they might come to know your heart Father. Use him mightily
    Atacy U - USA
  • Father I pray for Bakhrom, that he would be strong in you! I pray for his church that they would become more reliant on You every single day and that you would bless them immensely. I pray that the persecutors of this church will come to faith in Christ and see Him as the treasure that He is. I pray that everyone will remain faithful to You.
    matthew g - USA
  • Lord I pray for Pastor Bakhrom and his family, protect and let them feel your presence near them. Help them to remain faithful during this difficult time.
    Sola O - Nigeria
  • Dear God, I pray that Bakhrom's family and friends would have faith and not fear, while he is imprisoned. Let him sing a song of praise in his heart toward the Lord. That he will make it clear that he is only an "extremist" for "extremely" serving Christ with his whole heart. Let him have faith, that he may know that he's not alone.
    Steph S - USA
  • Inspite of Bakhrom's arrest, we pray that Your Word in 1Peter 5:10 will be fulfilled in his family and his church; to be perfected, strengthened, established and settle them for Your glory. Holy Spirit we pray for Your comfort to be with them. We worship You with Your church in Tajikistan. Be glorified Lord Jesus in this country.
    rian P - Philippines
  • Lord thank you for pastor bakhrom kholmatov's Christian faith. Lord I pray Tajikistan the whole city will be at peace. And the pastor's church be at peace as well. I pray the ruling will be in favor of the pastor, I pray he'll get to sing all the gospel songs and hymnal songs he wants there at his church, and fellowshipping e.t.c. in jesus name amen.
    Misha B - USA
  • Father you are faithful to us. Surround our brother and his family with your loving kindness. May he realize your freedom, and may he find it in any circumstance. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Please help our brother to endure, I AM, our God. May your grace be sufficient for him. Also bless his capture with wisdom and love, according to your will. amen
    Marty M - USA
  • Lord, may You be the hedge of protection around Bakhrom and his family. May Your providence be upon the family so that all their needs are provided. We pray for those still living in darkness that they may receive Your Word and salvation. May the world be enlightened through the works of those whom You send to spread Your Word even in prison. AMEN.
    Lovemore N - Zimbabwe
  • Heavenly Father we lift up Bakhrom, his family and church family before Your throne in the Name of Yeshua! We thank You almighty God that you are very present with Your people in their time of need and ask for Your wisdom, power and truth be made evident in this situation. We look to You Father for the miracle of Bakhrom's release in Jesus's name Amen
    Deborah M - USA
  • Merciful Father, I lift up Pastor Bakhrom, his family and church members to You. Pour out Your precious Holy Spirit upon them all. Fill them with Your Peace, Love, and Protection. Open the eyes of the authorities, to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Send Your ministering angels to Pastor Bakhrom, giving him strength and courage, Jesus name amen
    Miranda N - USA
  • My God I pray for the Pastor and his family to know the kind of supernatural peace that only You can provide. Make their marriage strong and I pray that he would be released soon so he does not have to be away from his wife and children any longer. In Jesus' name, amen!
    Matt H - USA
  • I will join in singing, “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty Who Was and Is and Is To Come!"
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord I pray you would protect Bakhrom I pray you would guide and direct his path, I pray for wisdom and grace upon his life. I thank you for his love for you and pray he would remain faithful to you all the days of his life. I pray you would keep the enemy far from him. I ask and pray this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, amen.
    Amy R - USA
  • Lord please bless this family with a revelation of Your truth. That they will stand firmly knowing that You are all they need. That they will seek you every moment, and know that You are in control. That You are good, and that You will never leave them of forsake them. That nothing can seperate them from Your love. And reveal this love inside them!
    Piet K - Netherlands
  • O Lord! Thank you for this brother and his church and family. Give them boldness and courage in the midst of persecution to speak the truth in love. Keep on filling them with songs of joy. Establish them in the truth. Provide your word to them. Grant them fruitfulness for your kingdom. Strengthen their hope in you, and help them to not be afraid. Amen.
    LaFaun M - Canada
  • Father in the name of Jesus You know everything and everyone show Your glory on this pastor and family as these time of trouble are upon them. Guide and direct them where to go and what to do. Amen
    Roger C - USA
  • Father, even as Bakhrom's voice was lifted to you, we lift our prayers to you for strong intervention and magnification of your holy name. Bless and succor Bakhrom and his family and let a mighty shout of praise be heard.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Please set him free, Lord Jesus! Guard his heart from discouragement and grant him supernatural faith and favor with those in authority.
    Cathleen G - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, what a great witness for Jesus is Bakhrom! Thank you for Your work in his life that has been so fruitful. Please make sure the Light of the Lord shines through this darkness!
    Mike R - USA
  • Father, just as Peter was released from prison through the ministry of an angel, I pray earnestly that Bakhrom would be released in a fashion that would leave all wondering what our mighty God is up to! May he have no fear of singing praises to the one true God, may his songs lead others to know you and to love you and come to salvation through the JC
    Beverly R - USA
  • Father God,
    Bless this precious brother for praising You at a great cost. Please protect him in prison, and help him to be a good witness, while in prison. Please help Bakhrom reflect Your love, joy, and other fruit of the Spirit so fervently that his accusers will be ashamed of their treatment of him. Give him, his family and church faith.
    Debbie D - USA
  • Praying.
    Anne Margaret H - USA
  • Lord, be with Bakhrom and I pray that he is singing these songs in prison, and teaching others to praise You with singing!! Help his with and children during this difficult time without him. Keep their faith strong and fill their hearts with joy and singing as they think of Bakhrom and how he loves to worship You!
    Kim S - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus grant pastor and his family and extended church family the courage and strength to stand firm in Jesus . Protect and guide them in Jesus name we love you God amen
    Maria F - USA
  • Most Holy God, lift up this pastor and give him strength and peace. Release him and allow him to continue preaching the gospel in this dry land.
    mark h - USA
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