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Heavenly Father, today we pray for Kazakhstan, #43 on the World Watch List for persecution. We lift up in prayer those Kazakhs who have converted from Islam to Christianity and find themselves persecuted not only by their government, but by neighbors and family members. Lord, please sustain them. Help their faith to grow, despite hostile circumstances. Help them find support from each other, boosting each other’s courage and zeal. Protect them from their enemies, and may they love those same enemies, just as our Lord Jesus did. We pray also for non-traditional Protestant Christian communities in Kazakhstan. Help them to grow and rejoice, despite raids, threats, arrests and fines. May their evangelistic efforts be fruitful. We pray for persecuted believers in Kazakhstan to have very meaningful Christmas celebrations this year, whether they have to worship the Christ-child in secret, under fear of reproach, or in small numbers. Thank you for sending Jesus to save the people of Kazakhstan and the world. With great rejoicing we pray, amen.