UZBEKISTAN – DISABLED MAN NOT ALLOWED TO GO TO CHURCH

Gafur Yusupov, who lives in a home for people with disabilities in Fergana, eastern Uzbekistan, has been banned by the director of the home from attending the local church of which he is a member. Gafur has no legs, so over the last few years, church members have taken him to Sunday services in a wheel-chair. The director of the home has confiscated Gafur’s Christian books and audio tapes and forbidden him from having any contact with his fellow believers. He has even been prevented from going to the gates of the home to talk to church members who try to visit him. When his fellow Christians complained about this to staff at the home, they were told to talk to the National Security Service. The director confirmed that Gafur is prohibited from attending church, apparently because “he was distributing religious literature here [in the home]”.
The authorities in Uzbekistan continue to harass and raid Christian communities, confiscate and destroy religious literature, and imprison and fine individual believers (fines can be up to 100 times the monthly salary). Gafur is just one of many Christians in Uzbekistan who have been persecuted for being active Christians or sharing their faith.
• Pray for Gafur in his isolated situation, that the director of the home will relent and allow Gafur to meet with his fellow Christians again. • Pray for all Christians in Uzbekistan to be encouraged, and stand firm in their Christian faith.

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