Ten Christians were arrested by the security police in Tajikistan on 7 August. The group had gone to the Pamirs mountain area to share the Gospel and hand out Christian literature in Russian, Tajik and other local languages.
According to a partner of Release International, the group were later released but were fined $1,000 by a court. As they had no money a Tajik church paid the fine.
Tajikistan is the poorest former Soviet republic, partly because of its landlocked geography, located between China, Russia and Iran. General corruption and the opium trade compound its difficulties. Most Tajiks are Sunni Muslim
Sources: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Please pray for Christians in Tajikistan as they seek to share God’s love in a hostile environment.
- Pray for the believers who were arrested, that they would continue to live out 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
- Pray for those who had an opportunity to hear the Gospel and receive His word. Pray the Lord will bear much fruit.