Tajikistan: The Church Underground

The breakup of the Soviet Union plunged Tajikistan into civil war from 1992-97, which caused significant emigration. More recently, Tajikistan has been plagued by serious domestic problems, such as the nation’s first suicide car bombing and conflict between government forces and local strongmen. It remains the poorest of the former Soviet nations, although increased attention caused by NATO involvement in neighboring Afghanistan may bring economic development. Nearly half of the country’s GDP comes from migrants working abroad, particularly in Russia.

State of the Church

Emigration during the civil war seriously reduced the Christian population, and Tajikistan today is about 95 percent Muslim. The remaining Christians are largely Russian Orthodox and only nominal followers of Christ. Tajikistan is 93 percent mountainous, isolating rural populations from urban evangelistic efforts. Tough new laws passed in 2010 have driven the evangelical church almost entirely underground, and persecution is a daily concern for those who wish to live out and share the gospel.

Your Support at Work

Despite this, School Without Walls students are working steadily within the underground churches to reach Tajik youth with the hope of Christ. Sports camps and social outreach enable Christians to safely and discreetly talk about Jesus. There is a great need for a spiritual awakening and unity in the Tajik church, and Russian Ministries is working diligently toward that goal.

Prayer Requests

  • For safety and perseverance for evangelical Christians struggling to hold fast to their faith despite isolation and persecution.
  • For the government to end its unjust treatment of Christians and allow the gospel to be freely preached.
  • For a spiritual awakening in the Tajik church, giving them the passion to share Christ with their Muslim neighbors.
  • For the development of culturally sensitive outreach and church models that will thrive in the country’s rural areas.

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