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Kazakhstan targets Muslim background Christians
ICC Note:
A pastor in Kazakhstan was arrested earlier this year, and while that is not entirely uncommon for the region, this arrest comes with a “twist”:  the pastor is a Christian who converted from Islam. Some think the pastor was targeted for that reason as this Muslim majority nation believes that “if you are Muslim, you should stay Muslim. If you are Christian, you should stay Christian.”
06/04/2013 Kazakhstan (MNN)- A new arrest in Kazakhstan has evangelical Christians concerned around the world.
Pastor Bahtzhan Kashkumbaev was arrested on May 17, 2013. Wade Kusack with Russian Ministries says Kashkumbaev was accused of serving hallucinogens in a “red drink.” He says, “The ‘red drink’ that was confiscated from the church was just red tea to serve as non-alcoholic communion.”
Kusack says Kahkumbaev was also charged with exerting a psychological influence over the congregation. Kusack says, “That [was] prayers, and singing. Police showed in court a video they made during the services.”…
This arrest is similar to the way they arrested Christians during the Soviet days, says Kusack. He says there is a huge danger. “If the church all over the world ignores this and there is no reaction from the West, I believe this type of persecution will continue.”
Kusack is asking Christians to pray, but also to contact the Kazakhstan embassy in your country.

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