|Sources of Persecution||Dictatorial Paranoia|
|Government||Authoritarian Presidential Republic|
|Leader||President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow|
Turkmenistan: Atheism, Islam And Christianity.
Turkmenistan has a majority Muslim population, but is also deeply rooted in atheism. There is no freedom of religion for Christians. The government is also one of the most restrictive in Central Asia. Christians are always being watched. Their Sunday services are raided and they are regularly interrogated and beaten.
Unemployed And Isolated.
Except for the young indigenous church, overall the number of Christians in Turkmenistan is hardly growing. The Church in this country experiences division between denominations. Christians from a Muslim background are regularly pressured by their community to return to Islam.
Around 60% of the population is unemployed and corruption is endemic. Their prisons and labour camps are overcrowded. Local schools run anti-Christian lessons. Christian children are isolated and humiliated in front of their class. If someone leaves Islam to follow Jesus it is highly likely that they will lose their inheritance.
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“A couple of days ago I was called to security services and was questioned. They knew about me, my ministry and church. Everything in all details. They probably have their spy among members of the church. I was forced to give detailed explanations of my activities. Then they warned and threatened that next time I would be fined, and further, arrested and imprisoned. I really don’t want to be arrested or to be in prison, but I know that God wants me to stay in my native country, in this city to be His witness for this nation.” – Church Pastor, Turkmenistan
Pray for the government to have a change of heart towards Christians and to allow freedom of religion.
Pray for protection for those who have left Islam to follow Jesus. Pray for strength as they resist pressure.
Pray for Christians to be fearless and bold in sharing the gospel. Pray that the church grows.