Day 12

FEBRUARY | 2023

Uzbekistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Across Europe and Asia the energy crisis is being felt, including Uzbekistan where the energy system is nearing collapse. To make matters worse, the nation is experiencing the coldest winter in 50 years. With the inability to provide adequate heating in the cities, some people have moved to relatives in the country where the energy supply is more reliable. Some businesses and schools have closed due to no power or heating. Pray that many people will hear the Father God say, “I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (The Bible, Isaiah 41:13).

Source: Uzbekistan tries – and mostly fails – to cope with shock winter (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%