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Prayer for today:
Some Russian Christians from a church in Moscow started a ministry to help alcoholics and drug addicts and, by God‘s grace, hundreds of people were freed from addiction over the years. Using their own money they rented apartments and lived with the addicts as a kind of community, teaching them the Word of God. Then in January 2017, four of the Christians were arrested on a charge of kidnapping addicts and holding them captive as “slaves”. Two and a half years later they were found guilty in court and given sentences of five to eight years in a penal colony (more than some murderers get in Russia). Lawyers for the four have lodged an appeal, but it is thought that the case and the harsh sentences are intended to be a deterrent to others, so humanly speaking the appeal is not likely to succeed. But pray that God will intervene and bring justice for our four brothers.