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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.
Nearly all Tajiks are Sunni Muslims. Fewer than one-half of 1 percent are Christians.
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.”
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- Pray for President Emomali Rahmon and the government.
- Pray for the training of future Tajik church leaders.
- Pray for the courage and protection of those translating the Bible into local languages.
- Pray for the health of Tamara, a widow whose husband was killed for being a pastor.
- Pray for Pastor Kholmatov, released from prison in December 2019, and his family.
- Pray for those who might be imprisoned for teaching Bible stories to children.
- Pray for outreach efforts to unreached people in the Pamir Mountains.