Day 12

DECEMBER | 2022

Uzbekistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Homes, businesses, and hospitals in Uzbekistan have been experiencing electricity and heating gas shortages much earlier this year than normal. One hospital was without electricity for five hours. People are concerned that the shortages became regular before winter even began. Pray for protection around the health and well-being of those who are poor and vulnerable. Pray for provision to last through the winter. Pray that Christians in Uzbekistan will take care of one another, building trust and community this winter as most of Europe faces a winter with energy shortages (The Bible, Philippians 2:4).

Source: Uzbekistan bedeviled by widespread energy shortages (Eurasianet)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The gateway from Asia to Europe, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country. The lucrative drug trade flows through this gateway, yet the country remains impoverished. Reforms in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry that have been gaining momentum since 2016 appear to have essentially eradicated the controversial child and slave labor linked to the annual cotton harvesting. The reforms have also improved relationships with other nations in the region and brought a bit more openness to the nation. Although it is a secular state promoting Islam, the government opposes Islamization. With an “iron fist,” Uzbek leaders control Islamic factions. With that same “iron fist,” Uzbek authorities target Christian Believers and limit freedom for church gatherings.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ulugbek Rozukulov
POPULATION
29,200,000
CHRISTIANS
2.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
21
REFUGEES
86,828
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
17%