In the former Soviet Union, Baptists gather to worship in 1984 in Tashkent, the fourth largest city in the Soviet Union before its breakup in 1991. Today the city is the capital of Uzbekistan. Worship services at the 260-member Second Baptist Church were full to overflowing, but church members had to wait for permission to renovate the building. That permission was crucial for congregations restricted to their prayer houses for worship and proclaiming the gospel.

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