PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for Tajikistan to continue to take a firm stance against terrorist groups.
     
  • Pray that renegade and hostile terrorists are caught and properly dealt with for their continued violence against innocent people. (Mark 4:22)
     
  • Thank God that in 1992 there were only two or three Tajik believers, but now there are several hundred around the world.
     
  • Thousands of people lost their lives the civil war and a million lost their homes or had to move. Pray that the government would tackle the poverty of over half the population and be able to maintain peace.
     
  • Pray that Muslims would have opportunities to discover Jesus.

 

Find ministries and organizations working in Tajikistan at Joshua Project | Tajikistan.

 

Find more about Weather in Dushanbe, TJ
 


 

FACTS
Population: 6,993,000
Total People Groups:  46
Unreached People Groups: 27
Region:  Central Asia
Official National Language: Tajiki
Secondary National Language: Russian
Religions: Islam 93.1%, Non-Religious 4.4%, Christianity 2.2%, Other 0.2%, Buddhism 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 34
Percentage of People in Poverty: 64%

LOCATION
Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. Most of Tajikistan's population belongs to the Tajik ethnic group, who share culture and history with the Iranian peoples and Uzbek people and speak the Tajik language. Tajikistan is the smallest nation in Central Asia by area. It is covered by mountains of the Pamir range, and more than 50% of the country is approximately 10,000 feet above sea level.

RELIGION
After gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 civil war broke out between the ex-Communists and Islamic rebels. A peace agreement was signed in 1997 but ethnic tensions continue to trouble Tajikistan. 90% of the population are Muslims, but few actually live out an Islamic faith in their lives.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Tajikistan is ranked No. 34 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.”

 

Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors