URGENT! American and Norwegian Evangelists Arrested For Sharing The Gospel in Oslo, Norway

I want to get the word to as many of you as possible.  We have a case that is breaking in Oslo, Norway.

I have just gotten off the phone with Petar Keseljevic and Larry Keefer who were arrested this past weekend in Oslo for sharing their faith in public places in Oslo. They were not even preaching.

On May 17 of this year an American evangelist, Larry Keefer from Tampa, Florida, and Norwegian evangelist, Petar Keseljevic were arrested for sharing the Gospel along a parade route in Oslo, Norway.  The 17th was a national holiday celebrating the King’s birthday.  Larry and Petar were standing in pedestrian areas behind the crowds gathering for the celebration holding an evangelical sign and sharing the Gospel with those who were gathered for the parade. 

The police asked them to move away from the Palace of the King and take their message anywhere else along the route.  They moved and were then approached by other police officers.  Larry was never told that he would be arrested if he did not leave.  One of the officers talked with Petar in Norwegian for a few minutes and then arrested them both.

These two men were not even preaching.  Petar was holding a sign on a tall post and both men were conversing with the crowd.  They were not using a bullhorn and their message was one of the need to be born again.  Several people cursed them and one person cursed America since one of the men was American.

They were taken to the police station and held for nearly four hours before being released. They were charged with failure to obey the police, a catch all type of law.Please pray for these men and our team as we work with local Norwegian attorneys to protect their rights in court.

Also, consider getting this word to all of your firends. And pray about supporting our work as we prepare for this hearing in Norway. Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

There is a video tape of the entire event from beginning to after the arrest, including footage from inside the police vehicle after the arrest.
We are working with Norwegian attorneys to represent Petar and Larry in this matter.  Should it become necessary we are prepared to take this case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights to protect the right of Christians to non disruptively share their faith in public in Europe.
The IHRG is currently representing Petar on an application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France regarding his arrest last year in June for failing to obey a police order.  The order was to stop sharing his faith and leave the area—even though Norwegian law and European law support Petar’s right to share his faith in public without hindrance.

We filed an application with the Court in March on Petar’s behalf.

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5 Responses to “URGENT! American and Norwegian Evangelists Arrested For Sharing The Gospel in Oslo, Norway”


  1. 1 Pastor Bokyo Philemon 18 June 2008 at 8:22 am

    Dear Brother in Christ

    Warm Christian Greetings from Zanzibar Island.

    I trust that all of you are doing well in Jesus Christ;

    We would like to share some information of our Church and Mission as
    your
    prayer items, which we are conducting here in Him. We are working now
    especially among the different tribes of Zanzibar with different
    Dialogues
    in different places and districts such as Kiembe Samake, Mkokotoni, and
    other different tribe who uneducated, poor, necked and least developed
    people. As serving the Lord we found a lack of resources to run smoothly
    our
    Church. So, we would like to request all of you to pray for our church
    and
    mission needs. Under our New Covenant Church, we
    have different activities such as:

    Our Church Ministries:- Church services, Sunday School, Youth
    Fellowship,
    Womens Fellowship, House Fellowship, Gospel Outreach& Church Planting,
    Short-Term Leadership Training.

    Secondly, I need first to introduce to you, I am a Tanzania Men, I was
    born
    1942 in Moslem family and I was a Moslem too, married to Ether as myonly

    wife, we have seven children. I am served and serve Jesus as my Lord and
    my
    boss. We have been serving in mission field thirty years in different
    part
    of Africa; we came here in Zanzibar 1997 as God called me in this
    mission to
    unreached people. We were waking with different churches in equipping
    leaders, church planting, seminars, and Bible
    schoolteacher, preparing youth in mission to reach unreached- Moslems.
    We
    mind our four month way to Zanzibar-Tanzania where we are serving-
    Pastor-missionary among the 95% Moslem-who believe Jesus is good man,
    aprophet, and a teacher, but not God or God son!

    MY MISSION:
    Special mission; I am doing here is to reach unreached to Christ, these
    are
    Moslems with little groups of pagan, Bad has, Hindus, African, and
    non-Africa. Together with my calling to this mission, I came personally
    with
    my call to this place, to identify the country areas or people groups
    that
    God was calling me to serve. I had take time to find about them before,
    in
    reading different books; also stay with some people was familiar to
    these
    people and areas. I had to make the will of mind too,
    am bracing this mission an act of will. Time me to go in different areas
    of
    the villages trying to stay and know how they live, buying things from
    them,
    knowing what they believe. A lot of things I had to fall up, this had
    taken
    me a year, this was from 1997 it was after this decision.
    .

    SITUATION-WORK IN ZANZIBAR

    Our situation in general is not much good because of financial situation

    which we are still facing the price of things in doubled! Even if is so
    still we never give up to continue with task, and thanking God, because
    He
    is the answer and a part of house hold apparatus. Also the way to make
    our
    Church and mission to stand properly in these areas.

    OIL REACH
    Arab states have founded Islamic schools Mosques and literature and
    sadly
    taken advent of poverty of much of population to pressure tradition
    Christians to covert to Islams.

    ZANZIBAR
    Zanzibar is one of the poorest countries in the world, Christians who
    believe need much of help, like training them Vocational skill of their
    choice search a carpentry, metalwork, tailoring,. A loan the some they
    are
    afraid to believe because they can be displaced from heir family and
    work
    places. So we are asking your link mission or ministry to help us
    financial
    support here, so that we can solve the problems of church members.

    SOCIAL WORKS PLANS:-
    Childcare program, Non-Formal Education, Income Generating Program (in
    small
    Scale). And also we are praying for Gods leading for our futureplans to
    start a Bible school, share& care program in small scale to help
    helpless
    Handicapped and Widows if out Lord lead us. Income Generating Programs:-

    The church believes that we should minister to people holistically. This

    includes their physical needs of our members of the church have plan
    opened
    Sewing and Knitting Centre to provide
    Vocational training and jobs for the widows and poor women.
    This we will enables them to have additional income in support to their
    families. But we are in lack of machines. Non- Formal Education: With
    the
    desire to help the illiterate members of the church, we offer course
    twice
    wek in different places to help in terms of helping them learn how to
    read
    Gods World.

    OUR PRAYER NEEDS

    Prayer for the stability of the Government.
    Pray for our leaders, full time workers and members as we pursue this
    vision.
    Pray for more churches to be established Pray for all the church and
    ministry activities.
    Pray for the need of Church land &Building of Central church in Kiembe
    Samaki.
    Pray for to establish a Bible school.
    Pray for Vulnerable Children and Orphans of HIV/AIDS.
    Pray for the financial need of Pastors& evangelist who are and will work
    in different part of Zanzibar.
    Pray for church administration.
    Pray for church office equipments.

    PARTICIPATION:
    The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. We need more workers
    in harvest field to do the work of Evangelism and discipleship, and missionary.
    We need the Ministry partnership for our ministerial works to extend the Kingdom of God.
    All our programs and ministries as mentioned above need for your prayer supports and resources. Zanzibar is one of the poorest countries in the world and it is difficult for Christians here to financially support our churches. If you feel called or interested, please help us with a onation or you may participate yourselves with us. We would appreciate
    your prayer support too. Ultimately our reliance is on God and our
    loving Father is faithful to those who petition Him.

    We pray that God will bless you in your life and ministry who ever you
    are as well.

    Yours Faithful,

    Rev. BOKYO PHILEMON ESEKA

    P.O. BOX 3035,

    ZANZIBAR-TANZANIA

    CELL: + 255 713 403536 0R 412749

  2. 2 shiba chaulagain 16 August 2008 at 9:40 am

    Dear sir /madam
    sub request for partnership

    Its our pleaser to let you know that , Youth Creation Nepal (YCN), YCN
    is a non governmental, non profit making youth headed national
    organization devoted towards the empowerment of Nepalese youth, and
    is registered in the district administration office, Kathmandu (DAO)
    under the organization registration Act, 2034 B.S. It has been working
    in the areas of of non- violence, peace, human rights, disabilities
    and conflict torture groups helth, education . Our working procedure is
    fully related for the shake of social justice that links the society and
    different right holders groups.

    Youth creation Nepal is registered under the organization registered act
    2034 whose registered no. is 651/061/62, social welfare council
    affiliation no. is 21585 and pan number is 302290204 which make its
    working procedure for the benefit of every social classes and communities

    The man thigh we want to worked with you, do you have any plan to worked
    in Nepal can you make our organization as a partner organization?
    What is the procedure to work with your organization?

    We kindly, request for the partnership to achieve the mission for social
    woke.
    Regarding yours kind response,

    …..
    Shiba Chaulagain
    (President)
    Youth Creation Nepal
    New Baneshor, KTM, Nepal
    Email – info@ycnnepal.org ,
    nepalycn@gmail.com
    Phone – +977-1-2324337
    http://www.ycnnepal.org

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  4. 4 Pavel Zalio 4 November 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Dear Sir,

    my name is Pavel Zalio and i am from the Czech republic, Europe. I was saved June 2007 and started to preach on the street spring 2007.

    I got arrested on September 27, 2009 when preaching against Pope’s visit in the city where i currently live – Brno.

    I was holding sign: Pope=antichrist/Trust Jesus
    After about one hour of preaching against idoltarism and justification through works and other issues i got arrested because people attending the mass didn’t like my banner and my preaching.

    I was the only preacher at this mass which was attended by 120.000 people which is a huge number in this secular country.

    I was handcuffed and driven away. After i spent about half an hour in police car i was released. So i went back to the location but before reaching my previous place i got arrested again even without holding my sign up at that moment.
    I was led against my will to another police car where i was forced to sit for another half an hour with my hands constantly on the desk. The police officers who released me before were suprised to see me arrested again this time by another patrol. After half an hour they asked me if i am freely willing to go with them to the police station in the centre of the city. I said no. So they handcuffed me again and drove me to that station anyway.
    There at the station i was kept for about 2 hours. I refused to answer any question and sign any paper. After this time i was released but my banner was confiscated eventhough i claimed being it my property.

    Next day i went to see an ombudsman for human rights who suggested that should send an appeal to the police against such condact. This i did a day after but until now didn’t recieve any answer. Instead i recieved a letter today in which Police wants to investigate me for violating public order.

    Because i was alone at the location i have no footage or pictures of the event besides one picture taken by journalists, which was presented in newspapers and on the internet. (you can see the picture here:

    http://zpravy.idnes.cz/nad-brnenskym-letistem-se-nesly-zpevy-vericich-zachranka-osetrila-19-lidi-1q5-/brno.asp?c=A090927_052611_brno_jag

    I know that you did similiar case of brother Petar Keseljevic and i would like to ask you for help with this case.
    Please contact me if you can via email or my cell phone 00420 777 838699.

    Thank you very much and i pray that Lord will keep your ministry growing and flourishing for His glory.

    Pavel Zalio

  5. 5 francis mangera ombogo 8 November 2010 at 6:47 am

    Dear servants of God,
    Receive warm and lovely greetings in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I went through your website, it really touched my heart. It has greatly spoken to my inner being. I was refreshed by my language and wonderful message in your website. May you be blessed and let God bless the works you are doing.
    I am prophetess francis mangera from Kenya. I am overseeing two churches totaling 34members.I take care of 8orphan children whose parents died during the crisis violence election here in my country.I therefore request for any help hand to this needy ones.
    Together we accomplish.We kindly request you to come and minister to our Church and the people of Kenya.
    I look forward to hear from you soon.
    Yours Prophetess in Christ,
    p.o bo.x 298 ogembo gucha -kenya


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