Three gatherings were planned this year for young Uzbek and Tajik Christians to meet. Two have taken place with a third planned in a few months’ time. The purpose of the gatherings is to encourage young people to engage in discussions that help them grow in their faith and think about how they play an active role in shaping the future of the Church in these nations where Christians are a minority. Pray that these young people will be encouraged to grow deeper in the Word and in the practice of their faith. May the God of hope fill them with all joy and peace as they trust in Him, so that they may overflow with hope by the great power of the Holy Spirit (The Bible, Romans 15:13).
As a good humanitarian gesture, Egyptian authorities have freed around 40 unjustly detained prisoners during the last days of Ramadan. Among the freed are journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. Their families are happy after their tireless efforts for release. It was heartwarming to see friends and family of activists posting pictures on social media of smiling but exhausted prisoners. It is known to all that the Egyptian government practices extensive repression and there is a mounting domestic and international outcry for freedom of speech and liberty. Pray for the Egyptians to understand that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because the Children of God belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit can free them from the power of sin that leads to death (The Bible, Romans 8:1-2).