Many countries in Central Asia are in the 2016 Oepn Doors World Watch List – Uzbekistan is number 15, Turkmenistan is 19, Tajikistan is 31, Azerbaijan is 34, and Kazakhstan is 42. Christians in this region are often monitored and controlled by their governments, but converts can also face attack from their communities and family members.
Our contacts in Central Asia have asked for our prayers for some of our brothers and sisters:
Pray for Indira* (31). Her husband Temir* is not a believer and recently started beating her. When Indira prayed to receive Christ two years ago and Temir found out about it, he didn’t respond negatively. However, Indira started telling relatives about her new faith, and now Temir is very aggressive towards her.
Pray for brother Adeel*, who has been following Jesus for 10 years. About two months ago, local police arrested him and asked about his faith. He answered that he is a disciple of Isa Massih (Jesus). The police conducted a search of his house, took away his laptop and phone. The policemen saw several sermons on his devices and began to beat him.
They interrogated Adeel to find out where he got the sermons and literature. They threatened him and said that they would arrest him again and put him into prison if he continued preaching about Christ, and that other believers from his church would also be imprisoned. After several hours they released him, fined him and didn’t give back his laptop.
Pray for sister Sadia*. She came to faith about twenty years ago, when she was very young. She married Arslan*, who was one of the police officers in the town. He said to his wife: “If you go to the church or say any word about your Christ, I will imprison you.”
Sadia was very upset about this, but she continued to visit a house church secretly, where sisters and brothers prayed for her. When Arslan found out, he beat her severely and such incidents occurred many times. He prohibited her from meeting with other Christians, so Sadia couldn’t go to church for several years.
For many years she suffered for her faith and couldn’t escape – sometimes she didn’t want to live. She told one sister from her church, who visited her once: “Just one thought helps me to survive – Christ died so that I could live.”
The church continued to pray for Sadia all the time and God answered their prayers – Sadia’s children also came to faith. From that moment she wasn’t alone and they encouraged each other, although now they all experience persecution.
*Names changed for security reasons
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.