"Do you own a Christian music CD? That could get you heavily fined in Kazakhstan. A nine-year-old Kazakhstani boy recently gave Christian CDs to two of his teachers. One of the CD covers read, "God loves you too." A head teacher saw the CD and immediately called the police, according to a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) source, Forum 18 News. The boy was interrogated, and his mother was heavily fined for illegal religious activity."
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Another disturbing development is emerging elsewhere in Kazakhstan. ASSIST News says a Presbyterian pastor is now in a psychiatric center after praying for the sick. Although the man isn't mentally ill, he's been charged with "harming health," and authorities want him declared insane. Joel Griffith with Slavic Gospel Association says this accusation was common under Soviet rule. "That was one of their methods of trying to stamp out religious faith. It really is a perplexing situation, why they would be targeting religious groups like this with these types of measures." An upcoming addition to Kazakhstan's harsh religious laws is increasing the need for prayer. Pray for missionary pastors, church leaders, and individual believers "that the Lord would give them abundant wisdom on what to do in their particular situation." "
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