Mission Network News
February 22nd, 2013
"A U.S. pastor in Russian has been jailed, and no one's been talking about it until now. Wade Kusack with Russian Ministries says Pastor Thomas Kang of San Diego, California "has been held for more than five months already in custody on an attempted bribery charge. The bribe was a $30 donation he provided in conjunction with a fine he willfully paid." Authorities questioned Pastor Kang after he unwittingly hired an Uzbek whose work visa had recently expired. Kusak says, "We can observe increased persecution of all minorities, especially of protestant churches in Russia. And unfortunately, this case is just one more example of local police and local authorities that can do anything they want against protestant minorities. They just go unpunished." Kusack is in Washington, D.C. to advocate on Pastor Kang's behalf."
Read US Pastor in Jail in Russia at Mission Network News
"Pastor Thomas Kang was detained and arrested in Russia the day before he was to open "'House of Joy,' a home he intended to use as a retreat for disadvantaged families, children of soldiers, and Christian groups." He has been held in Russia since September 2012, and it is believed his arrest was meant to intimidate and delay the opening of the home. “In light of the rising religious persecution in Russia, it seems likely that this is an attempt to intimidate Pastor Kang and prevent 'House of Joy' from being used for religious purposes," stated a news release from Russian Ministries."
Read Arrest of US Pastor in Russia "Suspicious" at persecution.org.