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PRAYER
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE NEEDS TO BE HALTED IN TAJIKISTAN
Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
13-Sep-2006
Some 97 per cent of Tajikistan's seven million people are Sunni Muslims. Christianity is amongst the religious minorities, and Protestant Christians are about 0.02 per cent of the population.

Though Tajikistan is officially secular the government strongly supports Sunni Islam. Religious minorities are persecuted or heavily restricted, especially in their outreach to the ethnic Tajik population. When ethnic Tajiks become Christians they are ostracised by their Islamic families and community. Please pray for them. Since July 2005 the activities of the churches have been increasingly controlled. Earlier in 2006 a new law was proposed that would severely restrict the churches and stop the activities of non-registered religious bodies. Getting registration for a church in Tajikistan is very difficult now but under the draft law it would be almost impossible. Please pray that it will be dropped.
Our prayer...
* the continuing growth of the Church in Tajikistan and the many
converts among ethnic Tajiks; for the eastern mountainous areas,
where the Islamic influence is very strong, to be reached by the
gospel.

* God's protection of and provision for all Christians, especially
church leaders, workers, and missionaries, as well as their
ministries particularly amongst young people and in prisons; also
for converts from Islam and wisdom for church leaders working in
hostile Islamic environments.

* the presidential elections on 6 November this year, that they
will help Tajikistan move towards greater democracy and freedom.

* the draft law on religion to be dropped, and for the existing
law to continue as it maintains the rights of religious
minorities and meets international standards.

'I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.' (Revelation 3:8 NIV)