As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Leader: President Islam Karimov
Population: 30.3 million (357,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Authoritarian republic
World Watch List Rank: 15
Source of Persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism
Uzbekistan is one of the harshest dictatorships in Central Asia.
While the Russian Orthodox Church is tolerated, other denominations are viewed as sects that aim to destroy the political system. The government monitors religious groups with phone tapping and spies, house churches are raided and its members arrested, and Christians can be fined for anything from owning a Bible to having a Christian song on their phone. Those who convert from Islam endure the greatest persecution, facing attack from both the government and their communities; they often keep their faith secret.
- For protection for believers from Muslim backgrounds, who often face house arrest and beatings from their families and communities if their new faith is discovered
- For provision for Christians who struggle to find employment; they can be fired on the spot if their faith becomes known
- For comfort for Christian children, who are often ridiculed, as lectures against 'sects' are given in schools every two months.
Open Doors in Action:
Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are placed in prison, excluded them from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia through:
- Literature distribution
- Training (biblical training, children/youth training, advocacy and awareness training, vocational training)
- Women's ministry
- Medical ministry
- Social-economic development projects.