Republic of Tajikistan
October 27

Answers to Prayer

1 In 1992 there were only 2 or 3 Tajik believers, in 2000 there were several hundred worldwide

2 The tragedies of the civil war have opened people’s hearts to the loving witness of Christians and response is encouraging

Challenges for Prayer

1 The civil war ended with the signing of a peace accord in 1997, but not before terrible damage was inflicted on the country

2 The Christian Church is largely composed of ethnic Europeans, but has been drastically reduced by emigration

3 Although 90 percent of citizens profess to be Muslims, only a fraction regularly practice Islamic ritual

4 Expatriate involvement. Tajikistan, with its great social and spiritual needs, is open for sensitive Christian ministry

5 Tajiks number 10 to 11 million in Central Asia. For nearly a thousand years, there was no significant outreach to Tajiks

6 The unreached

a) Uzbeks

b) The mountain peoples of the Pamirs in the east — there are no known Pamiri Christians

c) The 133 other ethnicities in Tajikistan, the vast majority of whom have no specific Christian outreach

7 Christian media ministries

a) The whole Bible in Tajik (Cyrillic Script) was completed in 1992

b) The JESUS film is available in Dari, Farsi, Russian, Tajik and Uzbek and has been shown on national television

c) Christian radio


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Area 143,100 sq.km. The southernmost republic of the former USSR bordering on Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Population (2000) 6,188,201 +1.48%AGR

Capital Dushanbe 582,400.


Indo-European 72.2%.

Turkic/Altaic 27.2%.

Other 0.6%.

Literacy 98%. Official language Tajik. All indigenous languages 10. Languages with Scripture 2Bi 3 w.i.p.


Rich in minerals, coal, oil and hydro-electric power, thus far little used. HDI 0.665; 108th/174. Public debt 33.3% of GNP. Income/person $300 (1% of USA) the poorest of the former USSR republics.


The northern portion of the Persian Empire until the 12th Century.


Religious freedom is guaranteed, but fear of radical Islam provides the government with an excuse to watch all religious activity closely.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Muslim 89.50 5,538,440 +1.8%
non-Religious 9.09 562,507 -0.7%
Christian 1.38 85,397 -4.0%
Other 0.03 1,857 -12.5%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 5 0.06 4 +11.1%
Independent 3 0.00 0 +15.0%
Catholic 1 0.11 6 -6.3%
Orthodox 5 1.20 74 -4.2%
Marginal 1 0.01 1 +30.9%

Churches in Tajikistan

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