Missionaries might be able to do something that was previously believed to be unthinkable: overturn Russia’s harsh regulations against Christians speaking the word of God in the communist run country.
In July of last year the anti-terrorism law was established by Vladamir Putin to discourage missionaries and evangelicals from sharing the gospel with others. Activities that are considered “terrorist-like” under the strict Yarovaya law include handing out pamphlets on the new Testament and conducting missionary like activities such as Bible studies for want-to-be Christians.
— FaithfulNews (@faithfulnews) January 4, 2017
Defiance of this new law requires the guilty party to pay a 40,000 rubble fine which is roughly $600 in American currency.
It has been reported by persecution.org, an organization that advocates for the practice of Christianity around the world and represents those being wrongly accused, one missionary who is on the chopping block, might change the fate for all trying to save people within Russia.
Don Ossewaarde, an American missionary living in Russia was arrested in August of last year and found guilty of “terrorism” for holding a Bible study in his home on a Sunday when police officers came in.
— persecution.org (@persecutionnews) January 27, 2017
According to the organization, Ossewaarde’s case will go before the Supreme court in the coming months after he appealed the first court decision finding him guilty.
The site explained that his case moving up the ranks is a step forward in getting the anti-terrorism law reviewed.
The site also added that, “A Supreme or Constitutional Court trial could have a fundamental impact on the law’s application, thereby affecting the religious liberties of Christian groups and individuals within Russia.”
So far Ossewaarde is one of the 32 people reportedly being persecuted by the Russian government for their faith based activities.