country profile

Tajikistan

location
Central Asia
Population

9.5 million

Religions

Islam 99.5%
Evangelical 0.02%

People Groups
39
Unreached People Groups
31

(source: Joshua Project)

Bordering

Borders with four countries: Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The Pamir and Tien-Shan mountains make up 93% of the geographical area.

Spiritual Needs

Indigenous peoples have little opportunity to hear the Gospel. The mountain people of the Pamirs in the east have no known evangelical church.  Church planting is a very delicate and slow process.   Very few ethnic groups in Tajikistan have specific Christian outreach. However, progress is being made and Gospel opportunities exist.

SGA's Involvement

Biblical Training: The indigenous believers are offered Bible teaching through Almaty Bible Institute and the Independent Bible Correspondence School [Christian education by extension]. Many students who attend Almaty Bible Institute receive grants.

Sponsoring Leaders: SGA is supporting 12 missionary families.

Evangelism:  1-10 Evangelismeach believer is encouraged to reach ten non-believers with the Gospel through literature packs.

Christian Literature: A pressing need is for the adequate availability of the Tajik Bible.

Crisis Response:

Hope Centres offer much needed practical and spiritual support to vulnerable young people and orphaned children.  While some are true orphans, many are ‘social orphans’ whose parents are unable to take care of them, or who have been removed from parental custody due to abuse or neglect.

Joy of Christmas project provides Christmas gifts for many neglected and orphaned children while offering valuable opportunities to share the Gospel.

Widows’ Project provides for many vulnerable in society. Some of these have been converted to Christ from a Muslim background.  This can mean abandonment by their husbands and being disowned by their families.  SGA classify these as a ‘ cultural widows’  who also require support.

Christian Radio: SGA is providing funds for radio sets and pre-programmed SD cards which are being distributed to isolated Christians and interested non-believers.

Funding for radio programmes is an essential means of providing Biblical teaching and introduction to Christianity, as well as encouragement for persecuted believers.

Prayer Needs

Pray:

  • That a new generation of faithful Gospel centred leaders will be well instructed through ABI and the IBCS.
  • That the Tajik Bible will reach many Muslim families and that they will understand, accept the truth, and come to faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  • For SGA sponsored missionaries who are seeking to spread the Gospel across the country, including Pamir where there are no known churches.
  • For those who are persecuted for their faith, that pastors and church leaders will be wise and bold. That Christian radio programmes will bring encouragement and strength through God’s Word proclaimed.
  • That all who are helped through SGA’s Crisis Response ministry will feel the love of God and come to Him in repentance and faith. Pray for openings for believers to show their love and care, and freedom to express Christ.
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