Suddenly, through the church door burst many KNB agents, and the shouting roared through the meeting hall. The agents started beating church attendees, and then they pounced upon Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov.

Slapping, pushing and cursing Pastor Bakhrom, the agents decided to detain him. This horrifying event unfolded April 10 at the Good News of Grace church in Tajikistan. 

Next, the KNB agents rooted and ripped through Pastors Bakhrom personal belongings.

They found little besides his Bible and sermon notes, with the exception of one book. “More Than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell, was discovered and considered dangerous material possibly threatening the state! The KNB also walked off with Pastor Bakhrom’s personal computer.

Pastor Bakhrom is being held on the ridiculous charges of being an extremist - all because he had a copy of “More than a Carpenter” and he had Christian music on his computer.

On Sept. 9, it is possible that he could receive amnesty. Please help bring attention to his case be sending many letters to the Tajikistan Embassy in Washington, D.C. in the next few days.Thank you for caring for the persecuted church!

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.