Tightening the grip

I am on my way home from 18 days traveling in Russia preaching the Gospel and ministering in the mighty Name of Jesus. It has been a wonderful and powerful trip with God, once again, doing great things in and through His people and the ministry team we assembled for this five city tour that involved 40+ speaking opportunities. Thanks to everyone for praying. I will be home, God willing, by mid-evening tonight your time.

While in Russia I was visited by a friend who was once our contact in Kazakhstan and has since moved to Russia to work for the Lord here. He mentioned over a late night cup of tea that Kazakhstan had passed a new law that included the following regulations:

1> No door-to-door evangelism of any sort for born again churches
2> No street evangelism
3> No literature distribution of any kind
4> If your church has a membership of under 50 it is automatically closed
5> If your church has a membership of over 50 and does not have a building – automatically closed
6> If your church has a membership over or under 50 and does not fulfill all of the requirements stated by the government you are automatically closed
7> No foreign preachers

At the present time we are uncertain what will happen to the various seminaries that do function within the nation.

Your prayers are needed for your brothers and sisters in Kazakhstan. It has never been easy to be a born again believer in this nation but it has now become much more trying and difficult. Please pray for several planned ministry trips that this ministry was planning in 2012. Pray that the Lord make a way where there is no way as we are still planning to go and minister in this nation.

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