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 Belarus--Officials Visit "Unlawful" Church Meetings



Sources: Forum 18 News Service

2 Chronicles 1:9-11

Government authorities visited three worship services in January, putting two pastors at risk of being charged with holding unlawful meetings. Although the meetings were in different parts of Belarus, all three were part of the Pentecostal Church. In Ogarevichi village, authorities observed the Sunday service of 10 disabled believers who meet because it is difficult for them to walk to a registered church service. Officials told them their meeting was illegal and that they should "stop violating the law." The same day, authorities visited Pastor Yatskevich's church in Lasitsk village. "They get complaints from Orthodox believers and have to respond," he said. Another pastor, in the village of Kovnyatin, was issued an official warning on the same Sunday for leading worship. Unregistered religious activity is illegal in Belarus, punishable by up to two years in prison. Thank God that no one has yet been prosecuted for unregistered religious activity, and ask him to give leaders wisdom in their response to threats or arrests.


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