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Uzbekistan: Vera Update


The third-quarter 2007 Kids of Courage newsletter featured 6-year-old Vera Shestakov, whose father had recently been sent to prison. Here is what Vera said then.

Vera in 2007
“My father is the pastor of a church. He was arrested in January, right during the service. Mother and I went to where Father is. It has many windows, and all the windows are barred. We did not see Father; they did not allow us.

“Our house is together with the church. Our family lives in two rooms. Earlier, many people came to the church. But since the persecutions started, we gather seldom and in small groups.

“I am not worrying about Father because I pray for him. I run to his car and sit in it and pray. It still smells of Father.”

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