Persecution Update April 2012: Azerbaijan

Rasim Hasanov converted to Christ from Islam and has served as the faithful pastor of a house church in Azerbaijan, a country that is 93% Muslim. A fervent and godly man, Rasim has attempted to obey the law by registering his church with the government. For more than six years, he has tried to register. However, the authorities will not grant the proper certification to his church. Now the police are threatening to arrest him and to close his church for “illegal religious activities.” Rasim’s church has been holding two-hour prayer services each morning, asking God to intervene on their behalf. Please pray for God to give Rasim favor with the authorities so he can obtain the appropriate registration, as well as strength to remain firm under persecution.