Persecution Update, October 2019 - AZERBAIJAN

Photo Credit:  World Watch Monitor

Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor

Azerbaijani pastor Hamid Shabanov was arrested and given a prison sentence in 2008 for having an unregistered house church, even though his many attempts to register his church had been rejected. In 2016 his church was again raided by police, and all 30 members were taken to the police station. National television reported they were arrested for “spreading illegal religious doctrines.” Both Pastor Hamid and another church leader were assessed heavy fines—the equivalent of three months wages—and they were ordered to stop meeting as a congregation. Please pray for Pastor Hamid and the believers in Azerbaijan as they seek to follow Jesus in this Muslim country.