Area: 488,100 sq km
Two populated strips of irrigated land on its northern and southern borders, separated by the barren Kara-Kum Desert. Only 1% of the country is irrigated, arable land; 80% is desert.
Population: 5,176,502 Annual Growth: 1.34%
Official language: Turkmen using Latin script as in Turkey since 1994; previously Cyrillic script Languages: 9 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Witness by other means:
a) The Turkmen NT was published in 1994, but requires editing and revision. Work continues on completing the OT. Pray for this work to be completed quickly; pray also for its importation, distribution and impact on readers. There are also a number of Christian book titles available in Turkmen.
b) Christian radio programmes commenced in Turkmen in 2001. Pray for all involved in producing and airing these programmes. Thank God for Christian broadcasts in Russian on satellite TV, and pray for Turkmen-language Christian TV broadcasts to begin soon.
c) The JESUS film, video and audio tapes are available in Turkmen, and it has been occasionally shown on national TV. Pray for the lasting impact of this film and other Christian audio and video resources may they have a powerful impact and be widely spread throughout the country.
The diaspora. The Turkmen people live in many surrounding lands: Iran (2m), Afghanistan (1m), Iraq (340,000), Uzbekistan (175,000), Syria (130,000), Russia (50,000) and Tajikistan (27,000). There are now Christians (Turkmen and foreign) working in evangelism and church planting among these people in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pray for the fruitfulness of these ministries. Pray for similar work among the almost completely unevangelized Turkmen in the other countries mentioned.
For an additional 4 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Turkmenistan.