Day 16

DECEMBER | 2021

Tajikistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Two thousand years ago, at the first coming of Jesus Christ into our world, Mary gave birth to her firstborn. She wrapped him in cloth and placed Him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. Today we speak out over Tajikistan that there is room for Jesus in this nation. There is room in the hearts of many Tajik people to accept the gift of forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ. There is room for the Church to grow vibrant. There is room for the miraculous power of Jesus to be demonstrated to break chains of injustice and to bring healing and freedom. We pray these things in the mighty name of Jesus (The Bible, Luke 2:7).

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Central Asia’s poorest nation, Tajikistan has never recovered from the Soviet era. After five years of civil war following the 1991 Soviet collapse, an UN-brokered peace deal resulted. Secular forces dominate, but economic stability hasn’t returned. Tajikistan voted to allow its president to rule indefinitely. Each year greater legislative restrictions oppress the Tajik masses. Secular forces also dictate religious law. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom, oppression is widespread. Literature confiscation is a primary tool the government uses against Christians. Churches must register to be legal, a near-impossible task. However, both registered and unregistered church gatherings continue to take place.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Emomalii Rahmon
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Kokhir Rasulzoda
POPULATION
8,192,000
CHRISTIANS
1.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
33
REFUGEES
3,590
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.39 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
35.6%