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An evangelical church in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe has received repeated anonymous bomb threats. In-country sources state that the calls were made by someone who referred to himself as a Muslim with intentions of blowing up the church.

Local Christians are greatly concerned as the church is in the midst of preparations for an upcoming Easter celebration which is scheduled for May 1st. They are requesting prayer for God's intervention and protection so that any plans made by militants to target the services will be appropriately averted. To learn about persecution in the country of Tajikistan, click here.

The recent suicide bomb attack on Christians in Lahore, Pakistan, has put believers in other countries on high alert during church festivals. For more information on the attack that took place in Lahore, visit this page.

Please pray for God's divine protection over His people in Tajikistan, and that our Christian brothers and sisters in this part of the world (estimated to number fewer than 100,000) will not be intimidated by the threats. Instead, may they continue walking closely in fellowship with our Lord Jesus as they persevere with the building of His Kingdom in their nation. Additionally, intercede for the Tajik government, in hopes that officials will take firm steps to protect those of minority faith groups, such as Christians, while promoting religious tolerance for all. May our omnipotent God, who sees the affliction of His children, work through the government's policies to ensure ongoing justice and protection are provided on their behalf.

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Country Information

Population
8,990,874 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Tajik (84.4), Uzbek (11.9), Other (3.7)

Religion (%)
Muslim (98), Other (2)

Leader
President Emomali Rahmon (1994)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Tajikistan

Pray God will provide for the physical needs of the people of Tajikistan.

Pray freedom of religion will be respected by the government.

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    Pamir Mountains - Photo: Wikipedia / FrancisTyers
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