Published on January 17th, 2020
(Sources: icommittopray.com and prisoneralert.com)
The family of imprisoned pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov were looking forward to his scheduled April 2020 release. In a wonderful Christmas gift for his family, Pastor Bakhrom was freed from prison in December, a little more than three months earlier than his original release date. Praise God, and pray for the family as they reunite.
Two years ago, in April 2017, the pastor was arrested after officials raided his church in Tajikistan. The officers beat members of the congregation and took away Christian books and the pastor’s computer.
[Photo: Bakhrom and his wife before his arrest.]
When the officials examined the computer, they found a collection of Christian songs. They claimed that the songs and the pastor’s books were “extremist.” The government said “experts” decided that the songs were calling people to overthrow the government. Pastor Bakhrom was in prison on the false charges for almost three years.
The pastor and his wife, Gulnora, have three children. Gulnora had health problems after her husband was arrested, and their daughter cared for her. Their two sons live in Russia.
Gulnora received letters of encouragement from Christians around the world while Pastor Bakhrom was in prison. You can read more about them here.
Thank you to all who prayed for the family and sent them letters of encouragement. If you would like to encourage another Christian in prison for their faith, visit prisoneralert.com to find out how.