Anti-Extremism Program May Bring More Christian Persecution

Sergey Rakhuba
Sergey Rakhuba is the president of Russian Ministries.

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Kazakhstan is again raising eyebrows. According to a report from Forum 18 News, the government would like to implement what they're calling a new state program to counter religious extremism and terrorism for 2013-2017.

If adopted in its current form, all places of worship would require security systems and require the teaching of what the government calls "traditional religions."

President of Russian Ministries Sergey Rakhuba met with the Kazakh ambassador to the United States last week.

"I was very much optimistic having a chance to openly discuss these issues," Rakhuba says, "but when it comes from the reports from the ground like this, it shows there is a lot more that is to come."

Rakhuba is referring to additional restrictions to religious freedom for evangelical Christians. He believes the new program will put more pressure on evangelical churches and will create more difficulties for their work but won't stop it.

"That's why we are always trying to be proactive and finding ways we can continue to be effective in spite of all these difficulties. That's why School Without Walls perfectly fits this reality," Rakhuba explains.

The School Without Walls program doesn't require registration or a permanent facility.

"We provide non-formal training to these young potential leaders," notes Rakhuba, "who live in the reality of the difficulties and continue leading their congregations and offering new outreach initiatives."

Although the summer camp ministry may be affected, Rakhuba says, "Now we have to be more creative, so we're not just calling them Bible camps. We will do some other initiatives."

Sports camps and other youth ministries will be used to share Christ this summer.

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