A President’s Birthday
[Photo: Christians worshiping in Uzbekistan]
*In Uzbekistan, “Bibles are difficult to obtain. Some Christians don’t even want a copy because of the risk involved in owning one. Even those discovered with a digital Bible on their smartphone are immediately arrested and interrogated.” (Source: VOM’s Global Prayer Guide)
*Muslim children of a 70-year-old Christian woman in Uzbekistan have been mistreating their mother. Last year they had her admitted to a mental hospital. She was held in the hospital for several weeks before they let her out. Her children continue to give her a hard time. (Source: icommittopray.com)
*Even kids in Uzbekistan may have a hard time because of their faith. (Read a story here about a child who was questioned by the police.)
Shavkat Mirziyoyev became the president of Uzbekistan in 2016. His birthday is July 24th. Christians in Uzbekistan say that he seems to be leading the country into greater religious freedom. But Christians still have obstacles to living out their faith.
On his birthday, pray that President Mirziyoyev will come to trust Christ as his Savior and will see that Christians in his country are treated fairly.
Learn more about Christians in Uzbekistan in Bold Believers in Uzbekistan, available in the free Downloads section.