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Uzbekistan: Vera Update

Vera
Vera

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.”

Vera Update
Vera’s father, Pastor David, was arrested because he led a church that was not registered or approved by the government in Uzbekistan. The government often makes it difficult for new churches or groups to register.

Vera is now 9 years old. She lives with her mother and two sisters, Masha and Sasha. It takes 12 hours for the family to travel to the prison where David is held. The family is allowed to visit him only two days every three months. Pastor David is not permitted to have a Bible or other Christian books.

Pastor David’s prison sentence ends in a few months. The family asks for prayers that he will be released early. In the meantime, Christians around the world send them letters of encouragement. (See the photo above of Vera reading some of the letters.)

The prison guards will not give Pastor David letters. But they asked Vera’s mother why so many people send them. She answered, “These are fellow Christians, family members in Christ, who care about David and his imprisonment.”

To read updates about Pastor David and to send letters to Christian prisoners, visit www.prisoneralert.com.

Pastor David Update
Pastor David has been released! Learn more at http://www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_171_profile.html.




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