Nov 15: Tajikistan

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Tajikistan

Republic of Tajikistan

Asia

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Geography

Area: 143,100 sq km

Bordering on Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The Pamir and Tien-Shan Mountains are 93% of the surface area.

Population: 7,074,845    Annual Growth: 1.60%

Capital: Dushanbe

Urbanites: 26.5%

HDI Rank: 127 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 46 (59% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Tajik    Languages: 33 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians73,5781.04-2.2
Evangelicals6,9520.16.9
Muslim6,645,40293.93 

Answer to Prayer

The birth of a Tajik Church, although a slow and painstaking process, is now reality. The Church among Tajiks is small, only a thousand, but growing.

     For an additional Answer to Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

Challenge for Prayer

Christian media ministries.

a) The whole Bible in Tajik exists; work on a much-needed simplified translation is underway with the Gospels already available. GRN has materials in seven languages. Importing Bibles and Christian literature is extremely difficult; pray for the effective entry and distribution of the good news in printed form.

b) Video. A number of Christian videos and DVDs, including the JESUS film, are available in most languages spoken in Tajikistan. Such material is in high demand in several languages.

c) Christian radio. TWR broadcasts in Tajik for 90 minutes per week. Various agencies broadcast in Uzbek 2.5 hours per week. There are many programs in Farsi that can be understood and in many minority languages; pray for more to listen to these life-changing words.

d) Satellite TV. Many Farsi and Russian religious programs are available by satellite and watched by many in Tajikistan.

e) Internet. A few websites share the gospel in Tajik, such as www.isoimaseh.com and www.dardidil.com .

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Tajikistan.