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%
Official language: Tajik Languages: 33 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Emigration is a major social challenge. As many as one million Tajik men are working abroad, mostly in Russia. This is a huge proportion of the population and especially of the male population of working age. Entire villages are denuded of the younger generation. One additional difficulty this creates is the constant drain on church leadership; many Christians move away for financial reasons. Pray for job creation within Tajikistan generally and, in particular, for churches to be able to hold onto their leaders.
Specific unreached groups. Pray for indigenous peoples with little opportunity to hear the gospel:
a) Tajiks, especially non-Russified rural Tajiks, comprise the largest unevangelized segment of the population. They have also been among the least responsive to what little outreach they have encountered.
b) Uzbeks. Uzbeks are the largest minority in Tajikistan, with an approximate population of 1.7 million. Though there are a number of Uzbek believers in Tajikistan today, there are almost no Uzbek churches. Pray for the establishment of Uzbek churches that can effectively reach out to their own people in a culturally appropriate way.
c) The mountain peoples of the Pamirs in the east. There are no known churches in the Pamirs. In that region live six Muslim peoples of the Ismaili sect the Ishkashimi, Roshani, Bartangi, Shughni, Wakhi and Yazgulyam who have never been reached.
d) The many other ethnicities in Tajikistan; very few have specific Christian outreach.
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