Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in central Asia. Until the twentieth century there were no known Christians in the area. Now the Holy Spirit seems to be at work, and many believe that this is God's time for spiritual breakthrough in Tajikistan. A number of Tajiks have heard the gospel and believe, but fearing their families’ and communities' reactions they don’t acknowledge their decision to follow Christ. This greatly hampers the growth of the church and of those individual Christians who are ruled by fear rather than faith and perfect love. Give thanks that God is at work and pray for Christians living in this difficult situation.
A former Soviet republic, Tajikistan plunged into civil war almost as soon as it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991. A rugged, mountainous country, with lush valleys to the South and North, it now faces the challenge of strengthening peace and reviving its ruined economy. Tajikistan continues to have problems with security, as well as with feeding its people. Religious freedom is protected under the constitution, however, in practice, the fear of militant Islamic groups provides the Government with an excuse to monitor religious practice closely. Little Christian literature is available and while evangelism is not illegal, the authorities work to prevent any activity that might cause religious tension.
Population: 8,610,000 (2015)
Official languages: Tajik
GDP (PPP) per capita: $3,146 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 68 years
Religions: 98% Muslim, 2% other religions