During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Praying for Tajikistan
Pressure on new Christians comes from relatives and the extended family network, as Tajik identity is associated with being Muslim. Changing religion brings great shame on the family. Teaching Christianity to children is a very sensitive issue in the country. However, government control on religious activities has also increased and the import or distribution of Christian literature is very restricted. Christians active in outreach risk harassment, beatings and, occasionally, arrest.
Answer to Prayer
The birth of a Tajik Church, although a slow and painstaking process, is now reality. The Church among Tajiks is small, only a thousand, but growing.
Challenge for Prayer
The civil war left an indelible mark on the nation, which is still recovering more than 10 years later. Hardship is widespread, with 83% of the population under the poverty line. The most vulnerable segments of society particularly at risk are prisoners, elderly, widows and orphans.
- For the economic situation. Many Tajik people, including Christians, struggle daily to provide for their families
- For Tajik Christians who are under pressure from their relatives to renounce their faith
- For Christian parents to have the courage to let their children go to Sunday Schools and summer camps.