Aza found guilty (and prayer requests)

Jahar’s friend Azamat Tazhayakov—Aza for short—was found guilty today on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Sentencing will take place on October 16, and the maximum sentence is 25 years.

I know the focus of this blog is Jahar, but Aza (as well as Dias, Robel, and Khairullozhon) need prayer too. Please pray:

  • For Aza and his family, that they would be comforted and strengthened during this difficult time
  • For Aza’s sentence to be fair and just
  • For God to providentially orchestrate what happens in Aza’s case as well as Jahar’s, Dias’, Robel’s, and Khair’s, that whatever the verdicts and sentences end up being will be exactly what they each need to come to faith in Christ
  • For those of us on this blog who write Aza, that our letters would help keep him going and that we’d have the opportunity to share the Good News with him
  • For Aza and Dias’ friendship to remain strong and not be fractured by their cases so that they’ll have each other to lean on for the duration of their time in prison

It’s only right in a post about praying for the five people facing charges connecting to the Boston Bombings that I remind everyone to continue praying for the victims and their families. While today’s verdict I’m sure satisfied them greatly, they are still in need of healing and the hope that Jesus Christ can bring.

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2 Responses to Aza found guilty (and prayer requests)

  1. Sarah says:

    Recently the friends of Dzhokhar have been heavily on my mind. I began praying that God would do whatever it takes to bring Dzhokhar and his family and friends to salvation. I guess that’s a pretty bold way to pray. Im quietly hoping God will use their prison sentences to draw them to Jesus. If even just one of them received Him it could have a domino effect of influence for the gospel.

    • Bri says:

      I was thinking earlier that it might be a good thing if Aza gets 25 years. If Aza would’ve been acquitted, he’d have been deported back to Kazakhstan where there aren’t many Christians and where Christians would no longer be writing him. But this way, as long as he keeps writing us, he’s got 25 years (or whatever the sentence ends up being) of Christians writing to him. It still breaks my heart, but if it means he meets Jesus, then isn’t it all worth it?

      It’s similar to how I beg God to orchestrate everything in such a way that Jahar gets the death penalty if that’s what it takes somehow for him to come to Christ.

      Those are the sort of prayers you hate praying but realize you must because having someone you love suffer now is far better than having that person suffer for eternity.

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