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Lent Prayer - Tajikistan

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Country/Region: Central Asia, Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s government tries to control all religious activity in the country, mainly in an attempt to stem Islamic extremism, but by default the small Christian minority are also greatly affected. A strict 2009 religion law has jump-started a period of tight government control, and laws newly introduced in 2011 only increased the repression; on 15 June 2011 the lower house of parliament passed a bill that effectively bans children under the age of 18 from participating in church worship. The sharing of one’s faith is also forbidden, and all imported religious literature is strictly monitored.
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Women pray at a Christian leadership training event, part of a one-year course funded by Barnabas

Unregistered churches are illegal, but obtaining registration is often hindered by authorities or even made impossible. On 17 March 2011 a Baptist congregation in Khatlon province, which has been trying to obtain registration since 2004, received another refusal. Several months before, secret police had surreptitiously filmed a service at the church and also summoned two of the church leaders, ordering them to stop their church activity. A government spokesperson later said that the church was refused registration because it had failed to provide all the necessary documentation and that the church was now banned because “it was conducting unregistered activity”.

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This booklet contains lots of suggested prayers on behalf of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters. Could you devote a church prayer meeting to interceding with the Lord for them, or perhaps set up a special prayer event? You could order further copies from your national office here, photocopy some of the pages, or download and print them from our website here, and invite different people to read out the text and lead in prayer for each country or group. Additional prayer points can be found in our bi-monthly prayer diary Barnabas Prayer and our monthly Prayer Focus Update, which are also available from the website or by calling your local Barnabas office.

If you would like to start a regular prayer group for the persecuted Church, please contact your national office for a prayer group start-up pack. We can also refer to you any supporter in your area who is interested in joining a prayer group.

Pray that the Lord will lift Tajikistan, currently the poorest of the former-USSR states, out of poverty and provide opportunities for Christians to support themselves. Families of Christians who have converted from Islam may put pressure on them to reconvert. Pray that the Christians will be able to resist coercion and be shining witnesses to their faith. Pray also that the government, rather than further tightening its control on religious activity, will start giving Christians freedom to live out their faith in peace.

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