Text, prayer request and picture are from an email One Saint received from ICC on February 20th, 2013.
For more information from International Christian Concern, please read Today, Very Good News from Kazakhstan.
"After a long and grueling process over the past nine months, International Christian Concern (ICC) is proud to report that Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (Pastor B.K.) has been released from prison in his native home of Kazakhstan."
The fight, however, isn't over. Please continue to pray for the following:
- He was released but found guilty (a face-saving measure). This could set a precedent for other pastors in Kazakhstan to receive the same treatment. Pray for the safety of Christians in this country.
- Pastor B.K. and his lawyer's plan to appeal the "guilty" charge. Please pray for the success of this case.
- The repeal of his fine of $10,800 USD which is under appeal.
- That Pastor B.K. and his family would sense God's presence and experience healing from the trauma over the last nine months. Pray especially for Pastor B.K.'s health to improve.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm. Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth. With the east wind You break the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish her forever. Selah.
We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God, In the midst of Your temple. As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion be glad, Let the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments. Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.