Young Uzbek Christians pray for police ‘persecutors’ during church raid
Young Christian converts from Islam offered to pray for their persecutors who threatened them as they worshipped in secret in Uzbekistan, according to sources close to the persecuted church agency, Barnabas Fund.
Eighteen people thought to be police officers dressed in civilian clothes entered the church where the Christians were praying in secret on 1 December and attempted to film their worship on a mobile phone. But the police stopped filming when a young woman worshipper offered to pray for them and the service was allowed to continue.
The officers, shouting threats, then tried to force the young believers to make incriminating written statements about their worship.
When the group refused, they were taken to a police station where their identities were checked. They were released after about 40 minutes.