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Belarus: Bishop Deported

On October 16, Protestant Bishop Veniamin Brukh, a Ukrainian bishop in the Full Gospel Church, was deported from Belarus because of his active religious activities, Forum 18 News reported.

Brukh, founder of one of the largest charismatic churches in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, told Forum 18 News he believed he was deported because of his “continued active participation in the local Protestant community….The secret police and state affairs apparatus were monitoring that activity. They probably consider me a danger to the state.”

According to Forum 18 News, since the enactment of the restrictive 2002 Religion Law “only religious associations—made up of at least ten registered religious communities, including at least one active on the territory of Belarus for at least 20 years—have the right to invite foreign citizens to conduct religious activity.” The Belarusian government requires foreigners to seek special state permission—on top of a valid visa before they get involved in Christian activities.

Brukh is one of many Christian leaders all over the world facing tough challenges for preaching the Word of God. The Voice of the Martyrs actively supports and assists pastors who are harassed because of their willingness to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

VOM encourages you to pray for believers in Belarus who are facing persecution. Pray the churches Brukh led will continue to stand strong and spread the gospel. Pray their testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him.

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