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(ANS) – Russian Ministries of Wheaton , Illinois , has issued an urgent call to prayer regarding the siege of School #1 today in Beslan , Russia , by Chechen rebels. Approximately 20 rebels are holding 400 people hostage including teachers, children, and some parents. Hostage children include those of two evangelical workers trained by Russian Ministries and many other children who recently returned from a Russian Ministries’ summer camp. All of the hostages are being held in the gymnasium, with children placed in the windows as human shields. At least eight people have already been killed including a parent of one of the schoolchildren, a girl, and two policeman. Attackers are threatening to blow up the building if police attempt to storm the school. Russian Ministries sponsors three Evangelism and Church-Planting Centers in this volatile region. At least two local evangelical pastors, brothers Taymuraz Totiev, with five children in the school, and Sergey Totiev, with three children in the school, are urging all Christians of the world to pray with them for the hostage children and their families at this time. Please pray for reconciliation in Chechnya and Russia .