Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Sunday 24 June 2012
Daily Prayer - Sunday 24 June 2012
Give thanks to the Lord that the pastor of an unregistered church in Turkmenistan has been set free from a labour camp, in an amnesty for prisoners to mark the country’s Flag Day. His wife said, “His release was so unexpected… It is such a joy I can’t tell you.” Ilmurad Nurliev had been arrested in 2010 and given a four-year sentence with “forcible medical treatment” on a charge of swindling. His congregation insisted that the charge was trumped up to punish him for leading the church. In prison he was denied a Bible and was allowed only a quick look at messages from well-wishers. Barnabas Fund sent financial support for food, clothes and medicine for the pastor, who is diabetic, and also help with his legal costs. Ilmurad still has to report to the police every Saturday; pray that he will be left in peace to continue his ministry.