29 09 2012

Minsk is the capital city of Belarus, with a population of 1.8 million people. The country has 9.58 million and people numbers are falling! 

Belarus is a land-locked nation, still deeply influenced by the by autocratic Communist ways—having been dominated by Russia for centuries. It is often called ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’. It is surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

Belarus was deeply affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster with 20% of the nation’s land being affected  and 2 million people uprooted and thousands died of radiation-induced cancer. Sadly, many children became of have become orphans, as the terrible nuclear health issues continue to affect this portion of God’s world. Pray for the mercies of the Lord, healing and help, to reach the most needy children and orphans.

The gospel is affecting this nation in spite of oppressive government ways, which show favour, and give precedence towards the established Orthodox and Catholic slavic churches—and make it difficult to even invite in speakers and Christian teachers  and evangelists from other nations.

“The state steadfastly maintains laws that forbid meeting in homes for worship, forming congregations of less than 20 people, opening religious schools, ministering outside of the home city, and importing and distributing non-state-approved literature. All religious activity must receive state permission” (Operation World, p. 140).

We pray for the Lord to raise up local Belarus Christian leaders, alive to the Spirit’s leading and able to stir anew the hope of their own people through the spoken Word. For renewal and reformation within the ancient confessing Christian communities. For the continued fruitful work of the Bible Society. With their successful completion in 2009 of a Belarusian Bible not only is the word going forth in the Russian language, but also in BelarusianWe also pray for increasing freedom from old political pressures, and a growing sense of national identity. 

As with many struggling European nations there is a beauty in the creation, which is stunning:

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