Belarusian Christians Concerned About the Country’s Recent Unrest

Image shows the protests in Belarus on Sunday, August 16. (Photo by Homoatrox / CC BY-SA) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited a factory in Minsk Monday and was booed and heckled by workers who chanted “Leave!” in unison.  Many people have turned against him after a suspiciously one-sided election result. Read more here.

Sunday saw the largest protest in the history of Belarus as citizens gathered to demand Lukashenko be removed from office. Even the state’s media walked out in protest.

Adam, a Christian worker in Belarus, says Christians in the country were very concerned, even before the election. “For about two and a half to three weeks prior to the presidential elections, there were some, ‘men in black’ so to say, walking around from church to church and talking to people and finding out what people’s opinions were. Sometimes they were dressed in plain clothes so as to not be recognized.  [They were] just getting a general opinion of what [would happen] during the election.”

Adam says Christians have avoided talking about politics before and after church, even in their own homes.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to keep Belarusian Christians safe and bring peace to the country.
  • Pray that Jesus would change many hearts in Belarus and that justice would flow over the country.