Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Landlord Evicts Church

Gospel for Asia
For Immediate Release

A small congregation, like the one pictured here, was recently evicted from the building it uses for worship.

SOUTH ASIA (ANS) -- Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Tonkal Bustan is looking for a new place to conduct worship services after a landlord kicked his church out of their rented space.

The small group of 15 worshipers had been meeting for worship and prayer in a rented room. But one Sunday in July, the worship service was interrupted by the landlord, who said the neighbors were complaining about the services. He said the fledgling church's neighbors claim they are disturbed by the prayer meetings as well.

He then told Pastor Bustan and his congregation they had to move. Unfortunately, that's not easy. This tiny church is located in a large South Asian city that is also a popular tourist destination. Rents are very high, and many landlords refuse to rent to Christians.

Tonkal is asking Christians around the world to pray for his church and that their landlord would change his mind and allow them to stay. He also asked for prayer that the ministry would not be hindered by this setback. Also, pray for Tonkal to be encouraged and filled with wisdom as he deals with this situation.

Gospel for Asia is an evangelical mission organization based in Carrollton, Texas, involved in sharing the love of Jesus across South Asia.

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