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Lent Prayer - Russia

Project(s): 43-1030

Country/Region: Russian Federation

Many Christians in Russia are not enjoying the freedom they had hoped for after the fall of Communism. The law imposes major restrictions on the ministry of non-traditional churches (those other than the Russian Orthodox Church). Registration is compulsory but can be very difficult, and unregistered groups may be dissolved by the authorities.
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Russian Christians at worship

Non-traditional churches are often unable to buy or rent venues for worship or to obtain construction permits, and much of the property confiscated from them in the Soviet era has yet to be restored. Some groups are subject to harassment and raids; the police may confiscate their literature and other property. A number of individuals and churches have been verbally or physically attacked.

The unstable North Caucasus region of Russia is being rocked by a growing insurgency driven by radical Islam. Militant Islamists are fighting to establish a separate state ruled by sharia, and in 2011 their suicide bomb attack at Moscow’s busiest airport killed 36 people. Christians face frequent harassment, intimidation and discrimination at the hands of the Muslim majority. Wahhabism, an extreme and puritanical version of Islam that is dominant in Saudi Arabia, is spreading in the region.

sat-action-point.pngWrite to your local paper about anti-Christian persecution
Your local newspaper is an excellent forum for publicising the plight of the persecuted churches. Editors usually welcome new subjects for their letters page. For example, you could say: that 200 million Christians live under the shadow of persecution around the world; that one in ten Christians worldwide live with discrimination or persecution; that thousands are killed every year because of their faith; tha t Easter is often a time of increased anti-Christian violence in some countries; that pastors and other Christian leaders often face jail; and that in some countries it is illegal to convert from Islam to another faith. You could also use some of the stories in this booklet or a recent issue of Barnabas Aid to illustrate the points you make. Keep your letter short and end with some kind of challenge to the readers, such as writing to their MP about anti-Christian persecution (see Saturday 3 March). And if you receive Barnabas Fund’s email news releases, why not try forwarding them to the paper or your regional news channels?
Pray for Christians in the North Caucasus as they face the growing power of radical Islam; ask that the Lord will keep them safe, and that the region will not become a Muslim state. Pray especially for converts from Islam and those who share their faith with their Muslim neighbours. Pray for greater freedom for all Christians in Russia, and that the authorities will cease to discriminate against non-traditional churches. Pray that Christians throughout this vast country will be strong in their faith, a nd that the light of the Gospel will shine out through them.

Barnabas Fund projects include:

  • Ministry amongst Muslim Central Asian immigrants (Ref. 43-1030)

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