罹難的是阿伊丁（Necati Aydin）和烏克撒爾(Ugur Yuksel)，阿伊丁有兩個孩子；第三名被害身亡的是哥斯克(Tilman Geske)，德國人，有四個孩子。這三人都已婚，第四名被害者已知受傷，仍在醫院接受治療。
請繼續為大衛牧師(Dimitry Sheshtakov )禱告，他被判四年勞工營牢刑正在上訴，他的家人已獲准與他同去烏茲別克的開放性勞工營。法庭在判刑時說，若不將他與社會隔離，就無法對他施行思想再教育。典獄官不准他跪下禱告，沒收他的新約聖經，要他讀可蘭經。目前他仍在安地貞等候上訴聽審。也請為(烏茲別克西部)卡拉卡爾帕克斯坦地區同樣面臨牢獄之災的兩位牧者禱告。
Please pray for the following urgent situations:
April 18th at least three members of Malatya Kurtulus Church were murdered by the cutting of their throats by right-wing extremists in a Christian bookstore run by the church in that city of southeastern Turkey.
The deceased men are Necati Aydin, father of two, and Ugur Yuksel. The identity of the third victim is Tilman Geske, a German citizen, father of four. All three were married. A fourth victim is known to be injured and in hospital.
All of Turkey mourns with us over this tragic and isolated incident in a particularly troubled part of the country. At this point, no further incidents are expected. We are deeply grieved at the loss of these dear friends, and request your vigilant intercession for:
1). The families of those who lost loved ones: some of whom are not believers and do not understand why their family member has been killed.
2). The Turkish church: as it bears the loss of these dear brothers and key leaders, and continues to bear persecution.
3). For all who labor in Turkey for the Lord: for our protection, and for open doors to share God's love and Gospel in the aftermath of these atrocities.
4) Pray for God to open Turkish people's eyes with the martyrdom of our brothers so they can see the truth, the truth which can make them free.
And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. (Jn. 8:32)
Pray for peace and stability in the country. Presently there are demonstrations going on, calling for the resignation of the president. Also, anti-Christian violence is on the rise, especially in villages in the south. Here is an excerpt from an email I received from someone within the country:
On April 11th there was a rally down on the main square with about 15 to 30 thousand people there claiming on resignation of the president. They continue in the same manner for the last 6 days, attracting bigger crowds mainly from the North. On the 19th it is planned to have rally with about 100 thousand people and as it was announced a “peaceful resignation of the president” that the opposition is going to create.
Pray 1 Tim. 2:1-2 for the country of Kyrgyzstan at this time!
Continue to pray for Dimitry Sheshtakov who has appealed his four-year work-camp sentence. His family will be permitted to go with him to an Uzbek open work-camp. In imposing the verdict, the court said it would be impossible to “re-educate” Shestakov without isolating him from society. The prison administration has banned him from kneeling to pray and his New Testament has been confiscated. In exchange, he has been offered the Koran to read. He remains imprisoned in Andijan until his appeal is heard. Also pray for two other pastors in Karakalpakstan who are facing imprisonment as well.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners. (Heb. 13:3)
Thank you for your continued prayers!
More information the situation in Kyrgyzstan:
Please continue to pray for the situation in Kyrgyzstan. I received more information today from someone living in the country:
On April 19th the opposition in our country held the biggest meeting numbers wise and brought thousands of people to the main square of Bishkek. Hundreds of policemen were there as well, and as we know from interviews, mainly from the south.
Everything ended up with dispersal of the crowd with tear-gas, smoke-shells and rubber bullets. It all happened because of a bunch of instigators who managed to attract some radical people from the crowd and tried to take over the White House in Bishkek. It was the main excuse that authority used to take an action.
Hundreds of people were taken to the police departments and severely beaten up, their yurt (tent) camp downtown was taken apart and all the (actually 3) newspapers that support opposition were arrested and thousands of copies ready to be distributed were destroyed.
The Prosecutors office started two criminal cases on organizing a rioting mob, breaking social order and coup d'etat. Though everybody knows that those instigators were not village people but specially trained sportsmen sent there to create confusion among people.
Now they try to “find” testimonies that would prove that the head of opposition movement in the country Felix Kulov wanted to take over the White House by force. He and several more opposition leaders were taken twice to be interrogated. Sick…
Of course there’s no more rally at the main square. Many people from the regions suffered beating and robbing by the police and now most of them are gone to their places. You can imagine that most of these people are frustrated and very mad at the same time.
We can now expect a wave of political and physical persecution against everybody who supported and is still supporting opposition which might involve some people you know.
This whole situation hit many people hard. At least two couples, our good friends asked us which country we are planning to move out to, since they wanted to join us. I heard people saying that if nothing changes they will leave the country very quickly. And I can understand them. But we are not planning to go anywhere. Yes, our eyes can’t see anything very good at the moment but the voice of truth tells a different story.