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Tajikistan
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Overview:

Since 2008, the government has revoked the registration of most churches in Tajikistan, and unregistered churches must meet covertly. Economic hardship in the nation has forced many pastors and church leaders to seek work in Russia to support their families. Tajikistan lacks basic infrastructure, while corruption and the opium trade compound its difficulties.

Major Religions:

Nearly all Tajiks are Sunni Muslims. Fewer than one-half of 1 percent are Christians.

Persecutor:

Christian converts from Islam are persecuted by family members, and unregistered churches are increasingly harassed by the government.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Tajikistan:

New Christian converts receive the harshest treatment. Believers are sometimes beaten and abused, and they are frequently summoned for questioning by the secret police. Many churches meet openly, but government informants are often in attendance. It is illegal to teach children about Christ. The government restricts evangelism and the distribution of Christian literature, which it considers “extremist literature.”

Access To Bibles:

Bibles are available only in select cities, making them scarce and difficult for some believers to access. Give Bibles

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Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for creative Scripture distribution efforts.
  • Pray for Afghan refugees in Tajikistan and for evangelism efforts among them.
  • Pray for those working in child evangelism, which is punishable by large fines and prison time.
  • Pray for Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov, who was released from prison in December 2019.
  • Pray for outreach efforts in the eastern part of the country.
  • Pray for Tamara, whose husband was killed for being a pastor.
  • Pray for Christian events focused on the training and encouragement of Tajik believers.