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16Uzbekistan

  • Leader: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
  • Population: 30.7 million (350,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • World Watch List Rank: 16

Due to the general Islamic culture, Christians from a Muslim background experience pressure and violence from family, friends and local community.

In addition, the police, secret services and urban authorities monitor religious activities by bugging homes, tapping phones, infiltrating groups and monitoring church services. Non-registered places of worship are raided, religious materials confiscated, believers interrogated, leaders arrested and churches fined. Russian Orthodox churches experience fewer problems from government as they do not usually attempt to make contact with the Uzbek population. 

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Please Pray 

  • That God will give courage and protection to new Christians and churches under surveillance
  • That the hearts of those in government will be softened to give freedom to Christians and religious minorities
  • For the Holy Spirit to bolster the faith of Christian women who are forced to marry against their will.
 

How Open Doors helps

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
  • Relief ministry
  • Social-economic development projects.

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