RUSSIA: Moscow Authorities Destroy Church Building

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Unidentified workers, backed by police and civil volunteers, tore down the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church in east Moscow in the early morning hours of Sept. 6.

The workers arrived at midnight with bulldozers and diggers, looting the building of sound equipment, musical instruments, service books and Communion materials before using heavy equipment to demolish the structure.

A church caretaker was taken to the police station and prevented from contacting church members for three hours. By morning, the church building was a pile of rubble. The church held a service on Sept. 8 at the site of the destroyed church, using chairs and other materials salvaged from the rubble.

Authorities later threatened to punish Pastor Vasili Romanyuk for holding an “unapproved religious meeting.”

Pray that authorities and the church will come to an agreement about where the church can worship.

Sources: VOM Sources, Forum 18 News

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church.

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