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A restrictive religion law passed its final reading in Kyrgyzstan's parliament on November 6, sparking concern among the Christian minority. The new law, if approved by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, requires religious organizations to have a minimum of 200 members whose identities have been confirmed by local authorities, bans the distribution of religious literature in public places, and prohibits private religious schools.

Glenn Penner, VOMC's CEO, states, "This law makes it impossible for smaller churches to function legally. Even larger congregations will have difficulty getting 200 members to sign the necessary documents. History shows that these believers have good reason to be nervous about registering their names with the government."

Pray that this law will be rejected by the president. Ask God to give Christians in Kyrgyzstan strength and boldness (Acts 4:29-31).

For more information on the growing opposition facing Christians in Kyrgyzstan, visit the Kyrgyzstan Country Report.

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VOMC has come alongside project partners to offer an English camp as an opportunity for evangelism and outreach among youth and young adults. Camp participants are invited to embrace the Good News of the Gospel through the platform of the English Camps.

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Country Information

Population
5,964,897 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kyrgyz (73.5), Uzbek (14.7), Russian (5.5), Dungan (1.1), Other (5.2)

Religion (%)
Muslim (90), Russian Orthodox (3), other (7)

Leader
President Sooronbay Jeenbekov

Government type
Parliamentary Republic

Legal system
Civil law system, which includes features of French civil law and Russian Federation laws

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Kyrgyzstan

Ask the Lord to empower these church leaders and their congregation members so they can lovingly and boldly proclaim the Gospel in Kyrgyzstan (Ephesians 6:18-20). Also intercede on behalf of the country's political leaders, who not only need wisdom to justly govern the nation but also eternal salvation through a personal and meaningful encounter with the Risen Christ. May it represent the beginning of spiritual revival throughout this land.

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