By Emily Watt | 2 June 2020
UZBEKISTAN | Essentials Withheld From Christians
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christians in Uzbekistan have been restricted from accessing everyday essential items including food, water, medical supplies and money.
New policies introduced by Uzbek authorities have seen those living in poverty receive bags of necessary resources and money to endure the pandemic. However, according to believers throughout the country, Christians have been neglected because of their faith.
Father of four, Batyr*, told Open Doors that maintaining enough income to support his family has been impossible. He and his children have been refused education and employment for their faith. Forced to work in a neighbouring village, Batyr is now without work as social isolation is enforced in the country. Local authorities have refused to give his family bags of essential supplies because of their choice to follow Jesus.
With no other believers in the village, Batyr and his family often go without the support they need.
This is not an isolated story. Throughout Uzbekistan and around the world, believers are refused life-saving support as they care for their families and communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
But there is hope. Open Doors is working on the frontline, sending much needed packages to believers in desperate need.
In this unprecedented time, please pray over Batyr’s family and believers in Uzbekistan.
*Name changed for security purposes.
Pray For Uzbekistan:
- Pray that the hearts of local authorities will be transformed as they navigate an effective response.
- Pray for God’s provision over His people in Uzbekistan.
- Pray that Open Doors’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world would be a blessing to those in need.
- Thank God that even in the valley, He is working. Pray believers would trust in His good promises.
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