Tajikistan: Pastor Bakhrom
Two years ago, in April 2017, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov 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.
When the officials examined Pastor Bhakrom’s computer, they found a collection of Christian songs. They claimed that the songs and the pastor’s books were “extremist.” [People who are extremist have ideas that are considered to be far different from the average views of those around them. Extremists sometimes act on their ideas with violence or drastic actions.] The government said that “experts” decided that the songs were calling people to overthrow the government.
Pastor Bakhrom has been in prison on the false charges for two years. His wife, Gulnora, has had problems with high blood pressure since his arrest. They have three children.
Gulnora says that she has received letters of encouragement from Christians around the world. Pastor Bakhrom, however, has not been given letters that were sent to the prison for him. Sometimes authorities refuse to give a prisoner their mail in order to make them feel isolated. But Christians keep writing, knowing that their letters can influence guards and make a difference anyway.
You can use the following addresses to send letters of encouragement to the pastor and his family.
Yavan, Khatlon region
Mikrorajon 32, house nr. 50