Yklas Kabduaksov was released earlier this month.

Yklas Kabduakasov, a Christian convert from Islam, was released from prison on Oct. 2 after spending more than two years in detention for “inciting religious hatred.” He was arrested on Aug. 14, 2015, and spent time in pre-trial detention, under house arrest and finally in a labour camp. As Yklas returns home to his wife and children, Kazakhstan’s parliament is considering further restrictions on religious worship and religious materials this month. The proposed legislation would double fines and punishments for religious offences. Two Protestant churches in Kazakhstan have been banned from worshipping this year. Pray that Yklas will quickly adjust to life with his family and that he will boldly use his testimony to continue sharing the gospel. Pray that those who hear it will be receptive to his story and to God’s grace.