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Ukrainian Children Encourage Prisoners

Christian children in Ukraine have been writing letters of encouragement to Christian prisoners and former prisoners. They are mailing the letters in the yellow mailbox to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. (See the photo.)

The Soviet Union (also called the U.S.S.R.) used to be the world’s most powerful Communist country. It split up into smaller countries in the early 1990’s. Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan are four of the smaller countries. The Ukrainian children want to encourage Christians who have not been treated fairly by their governments.

You can also encourage Christians in prison for their faithful spreading of the gospel. To send greetings to a Christian prisoner in another country, visit prisoneralert.com. Click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Follow the instructions to complete the process.

Or, to send your own greeting, continue the process until you get to the step in which a prisoner’s address is shown. Then instead of finishing the process and printing the letter, use the address provided to mail a greeting. (Find more instructions here.) Go to a post office to ask how much postage you will need to mail the letter.


Update: Prisoner Released!

Have you been praying for Yklas, the Christian father of eight children who was imprisoned for sharing the gospel in Kazakhstan? A recent post told about his situation.

Praise God, Yklas was recently released after 780 days in prison!

Pray that he will quickly adjust to life with his family and that he will boldly use his testimony to continue sharing the gospel.

Visit PrisonerAlert.com to find more prisoners to pray for.


Kazakhstan: Yuri and Yklas

Yuri

Yuri Pak, a teacher and church leader in Kazakhstan, was arrested because someone made a prank call from his cell phone. Yuri’s students attended his trial in his support, his pastor wrote a letter to the court to support him, and experts testified that the voice on the phone call was not Yuri’s. But he went to prison anyway. Apparently officials did not like Yuri’s participation in Christian activities at his church.

Praise God, Yuri was released from prison in June! His wife, Olga, and his children Anna and Daniel are so happy that he was freed. They are thankful for the prayers of Christians during his time in prison.

Yklas

Yklas, another Christian in Kazakhstan, is still in prison. The father of eight children, Yklas boldly shared the gospel with family and friends after he left Islam to follow Christ. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) A court in his city accused him of spreading “religious discord.”

Please pray for Yklas and his family. Click here to learn how to write him an encouraging message.


Kazakhstan News and Facts

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. (A country is landlocked if it is not next to a sea or ocean. The Caspian and Aral Seas in the region are actually big lakes.)

Athletes from Kazakhstan excel in many sports, including water polo and women’s rugby.

In one traditional sport, a man and woman race each other on horseback. If he wins, he kisses the girl. If she wins, she whips him with a whip.

The leaders of Kazakhstan often talk about making stronger laws about religion. Some leaders want people to go to prison if they have a religious meeting without permission of the government.

The Kazakhstan constitution provides for religious freedom. Kazakhstan Constitution Day, celebrated on August 30, is a public holiday. Soldiers march in parades and the government educates the citizens about the constitution. This week, pray that the leaders will honor the freedoms in their constitution and rule their country fairly.


Kids of Courage in Russia

KOC in Russia
Дети отваги
(Children of Courage)

The U.S.S.R. (often called “the Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries.

People in the smaller countries have their own languages. But many still speak Russian, the language of the Soviet Union.

Russian-speaking Christians have started a children’s website using Kids of Courage stories.

Go to the Map of Visitors page on this site to see if anyone in the former Soviet Union has recently visited Kids of Courage. The countries formed when the U.S.S.R. broke up are: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.

You can find out what life is like for Christians in some of those countries in the Countries section of this site.