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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

World Watch List Rank23
World Watch List Score70/100
LeaderPresident Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov
Population6,031,000 | 68,000 Christians
Main ReligionIslam
WWL Rank in 202022
Persecution LevelVery High Persecution

Persecution against Christians in this repressive Islamic state comes largely from the government and from society. The government imposes many restrictions on church life. Unless their churches are registered, Christians are highly susceptible to police raids, threats, arrests and fines. The printing or importing of Christian materials is also restricted.

Believers who come from Muslim backgrounds experience intense pressure from families, friends and villagers to deny their faith.  Muslims are suspicious of Christian leaders since they consider them to be at the forefront of converting others to Christianity. They attack those most actively involved in evangelism.  

WHAT CHANGED THIS YEAR?

Despite dropping a place from last year’s position on the World Watch List, little has changed for Christians in Turkmenistan. It remains hugely challenging for those who follow Jesus, notably due to restrictions and surveillance from the state, and pressure on converts to recant. 

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia by providing Christian literature, biblical and vocational training, and socio-economic development projects. We also provide immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are jailed, excluded from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. 

PRAY FOR TURKMENISTAN

Pray for an easing of heavy restrictions on churches in Turkmenistan. 

Pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of church leaders; it’s a role that can entail intense pressure. 

Ask that believers who come to Christ from Muslim backgrounds will be guarded from harm, and that families, friends and villagers will be powerfully impacted by the transformation in their lives.

RECENT STORIES FROM Turkmenistan

Christianity in the Era of Supreme Happiness

18th Nov 2020

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The leader of Turkmenistan has declared that they are in the “Era of Supreme Happiness.” But what happens to those who fall outside of the…

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