PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the government of Uzbekistan to be steadfast in not providing a haven for terrorists and terrorist organizations.
     
  • Pray for supporters to stop backing terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Islamic Jihad Union and the East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
     
  • Uzbekistan declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and since then Islom Karimov has been in sole charge because he has made it against the law for anyone to oppose him in government. Pray for his salvation.
     
  • Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent is the Islamic capital of Central Asia, and for a lot of people Islam is part of their cultural identity. Pray that people would be released from any cultural pressure to be Islamic in any way and have the freedom to explore Christianity.
     
  • Most Christians in Uzbekistan are Koreans and Russians. Pray that Christians would be able to cross the cultural divide between Uzbeks, Koreans and Russians and break down any mistrust or suspicion.
     
  • Pray that God would give Uzbek Christians strength and perseverance in the face of persecution.
     
  • Pray for God to bring good from the persecution, that eyes may be opened, hearts softened and the Christian Believers to grow in prayer and faith.
     
  • Pray for the Gospel message to be spread through the courts and media and into the prisons, and may the Holy Spirit use it all for the glory of God.

 

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

 

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FACTS
Population: 27,790,000
Total People Groups:  67
Unreached People Groups: 36
Region: Central Asia
Official National Language: Uzbek (Northern)
Secondary National Language: Russian
Religions: Islam 82.8%, Non-Religious 14.7%, Christianity 2.1%, Buddhism 0.2%, Ethnic Religions 0.2%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 7
Percentage of People in Poverty: 33%

LOCATION
Uzbekistan, officially known as the Republic of Uzbekistan, is dry, double-landlocked country in Central Asia, formerly part of the Soviet Union. It shares borders with Kazakhstan to the west and to the north, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the east, and Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to the south. Uzbekistan is approximately the size of Morocco and has an area of 172,700 square miles. Ten percent of Uzbekistan’s territory is intensely cultivated irrigated river valleys.

RELIGION
Uzbekistan is predominantly Muslim (83.5%), with Christians only making up 1.28% of its population. The government has been keen to stamp out Islamic extremism, but Uzbek Christians are also treated harshly.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Uzbekistan is ranked No. 11 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” On November 14, 2006, the Secretary of State designated Uzbekistan as a Country of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act for particularly severe violations of religious freedom. Uzbekistan has one of the worst records in the world for religious freedom. The government particularly targets dynamic and evangelistic churches, making it impossible for them to officially register. Telling people about God could earn Christians three years in prison and for opening an unregistered Christian group, Christians would get five years. Recently, a suspended jail sentence was given to Sharofat Allamova after police confiscated Christian literature from her, a Protestant Pastor Khyn-Mun Kim was fined about a year’s salary for “illegal” religious activity and a fine being imposed on his colleague, Me Vol Kim. Twelve Protestants recently also faced charges after they “illegally” met for worship and police confiscated Christian literature from them.


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