Join others in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world. The color is orange - the color of the "jumpsuits" worn by Christians before their executions by Islamic Fascists. The symbol is the arabic letter “nun,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene” that has been painted on doors of Christians in Mosul, Iraq, by Islamic Fascists to identify Christians' homes.

Persecution of Christians in Brunei

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Brunei Map
 

Brunei has been a sultanate for more than 600 years, and all important positions are still held by the Sultan himself, including prime minister, finance minister, minister of the interior and head of religion. People deeply revere and respect him and any criticism is seen as unacceptable. His government provides free medical services and subsidizes goods such as rice and housing. There are no school fees for state schools, and citizens of Brunei do not have to pay income tax. His politics are based on revenues from large oil and gas fields, covering 90 percent of the government`s GDP. Most of the citizens have never lived under any other system. Even the sultan’s announcement of introducing Sharia penal law in May 2014 did not change the peoples’ affection for him. The second phase encompassing corporal punishments was supposed to begin in May 2015, but has been delayed due to international pressure. Minorities like Christians, who make up 16 percent of the population, are feeling increased pressure, since the sultan leans more and more towards conservative Islam. This seems to give the tiny and rather young state an identity, possibly used as a uniting factor in preparation for the time when the country runs out of oil and gas.

The implementation of Sharia law in May of 2014 has added more fear upon the believers of this country. Open Doors urges prayer support for believers in Brunei and for the local churches as they are experiencing mounting pressure from the government. Pray also for church leaders who are in great need of biblical equipping, particularly in dealing with growing religious restrictions.

Currently, Open Doors serves persecuted believers in the region with the following activities: Prayer support and Persecution advocacy and awareness.

RECENT NEWS FROM BRUNEI

JAN 5, 2017 PRAYING INSIGHTFULLY FOR THE SULTAN OF BRUNEI Found in Prayer Alerts

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (68) is the 29th and current Sultan of Brunei, a tiny Islamic kingdom of 420,000 nested in Southeast Asia, neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. He succeeded to the throne in 1967 after the voluntary resignation of his father and was crowned the following year. Today, he holds what seems to be unlimited power; […] + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR BRUNEI

  • Pray for opportunities for Christians to gather together in prayer and fellowship.
  • Pray that Muslim families would encounter Christ while persecuting Christian family members.
  • Pray Christians would feel free to live out their faith.

Persecution of Christians in Laos

Persecuted Church (3)
  • Leader:President Choummaly Sayasone
  • Government:Communist state
  • Population:7,038,000 (225,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Buddhism
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Tribal antagonism
Laos Map
 

Laos has been in the tight grip of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party since 1975. Its exclusive network of party members’ families and friends adds to the pressure felt by Lao citizens, especially minorities. The country also has a complete lack of freedom of expression, let alone a free press to highlight cases of corruption. Buddhist temples are the centers of social and religious life, and most Lao men are expected to spend some time serving in a temple. This shows how deeply ingrained Buddhism is in the thinking and culture of society. Although it is often mixed with animistic beliefs and practices, every deviation from it is unthinkable and perceived as dangerous. Therefore, Christians refusing to participate in Buddhist practices are perceived as foreign and a threat to traditional culture. Witnessing to Buddhist neighbors and family can be a huge challenge, but believers here are boldly living out their faith.

Through local partners and churches, we come alongside the Laotian believers when they suffer physical attacks and expulsion from their families and communities for choosing to follow Christ. This is done through advocacy, relief, and practical aid. Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Laos through the following efforts: Provision of Christian materials, Leadership training and Discipleship programs.

RECENT NEWS FROM LAOS

AUG 1, 2017 HOW PRISON MADE ME A MORE EFFICIENT EVANGELIST Found in Stories

Buddhist-background believers in Southeast Asia risk imprisonment in very difficult circumstances. Dok* from Laos was imprisoned for 13 years. Recently, an Open Doors team visited him to hear how he was doing. Prison didn’t break him. + READ MORE

JUL 24,2017 WHAT IF YOUR FAMILY DISOWNED YOU BECAUSE OF CHRIST? Found in Stories

 “If you won’t go back, we will hit you until you die,” they told me. + READ MORE

JUL 1,2017 “I KNEW THAT JAIL WAS STILL PART OF HIS PLAN.” Found in Prayer Alerts

James, a 23-year-old Laotian Bible school student, was imprisoned for allegedly sharing the Gospel in an undisclosed village in Laos. He tells Open Doors about his four months in jail and how the ordeal brought him closer to Jesus Christ+ READ MORE

JUN 12, 2017 MURDER-SUICIDE BY HMONG CULT FOLLOWER Found in Prayer Alerts

A cult with an unbalanced  teaching about the Holy Spirit has been gaining a following among Hmong churches in Laos. On May 16 in Bolikhamxai province, a father, who was said to have attended the teaching of this cult group led by Hmong from the US, went home, brought his family into the forest and killed all of […] + READ MORE

JUL 1, 2016 HIAN AND PHUNG RELEASED FROM JAIL IN LAOS Found in Prayer Alerts

Praise God! After exactly one month in prison, Hian and Phung were released on June 14, 2016. The two were arrested in Vietnam and deported to Laos on May 14 for distributing tribal hymnals. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR LAOS

  • Pray for Christians who have nowhere to read the Bible and pray without being watched.
  • Pray for older Christians to take the initiative in discipling new believers.
  • Pray that Christians would know how to witness to Buddhist neighbors and family.

Persecution of Christians in the Palestinian Territories

Persecuted Church (1)
 
  • Leader:President Mahmoud Abbas
  • Government:Interim administration
  • Population:4,928,000 (70,800 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism
 
Palestinian Territories Map
 

The dynamics of Christian persecution in the Palestinian Territories are complex. Christians are squeezed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, their ethnicity causing many restrictions from the Israeli side and their religion putting them in a minority position within the Palestinian community. The territories are effectively under different governments. The West Bank’s ruling Fatah party is formally based on secular principles, and Christians enjoy several rights. Though Christians are largely tolerated by Islamist Hamas, the rights of Christians are neither upheld nor protected in Gaza. Apart from this discrimination, Christians face threats from radical Islamic vigilante groups. The total number of Christians has been decreasing in both areas over time due to emigration and lower birth rates. A ray of hope is the small but growing number of converts from Islam to Christianity. The church here has tried to focus on strengthening their youth to allow persecution to strengthen their faith, not destroy it.

In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors is supporting the church in Israel and Palestine through the following activities: Training (E.g. Biblical Training, reconciliation, trauma debriefing and counseling), Bible and Christian Literature distribution, Socio-economic development (E.g. Relief work), Advocacy and presence ministry (E.g. legal funds, safe houses), Research and Prayer ministry.

RECENT NEWS FROM PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

JUN 15, 2017 20,000 BIBLES – A STREAM OF LIVING WATER IN THE PALESTINIAN CHURCH Found in Prayer Alerts

In less than twelve months they were completely out of stock—20,000 special edition New Testaments for Palestinian Orthodox believers. For many families, this Bible is the first one they have personally owned. A key church leader said about this project: “We should have done this 2,000 years ago.” It must have felt the same at […] + READ MORE

AUG 30, 2016 YOUNG BELIEVERS CELEBRATE FAITH Found in Stories

This summer, Open Doors provided five, young Catholic believers from Gaza with the opportunity to travel to Poland and participate in the “World Youth Day” event in Krakow. Over the course of this five day gathering, over three million believers celebrated their faith. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

  • Pray for Christians here to shine as lights in the midst of the conflict and for those in fear of repercussions of their faith.
  • Pray for Christians living out their faith in utmost secrecy in Gaza for fear of repercussions.
  • Pray that pressure to convert to Islam would be used to strengthen the faith of Christians.

Persecution of Christians in Ethiopia

Persecuted Church (2)
  • Leader:Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
  • Government:Federal republic
  • Population:104,345,000 (65,737,400 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Christianity (mainly Orthodox)
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism/Ecclesiastical arrogance
Ethiopia Map
 

Ethiopia has a long history with both Christianity and Islam, and over time, both religions have engaged in attempts to expand their sphere of influence. Additionally, Ethiopia has many tribes. These are not necessarily favorable to Christianity, and in some places like Afar and the Somali regions, tribes are interconnected with Islam. The ruling party in the country has blocked all the channels for freedom of expression and assembly, and has also tried to control all religious institutions in a bid to curb dissent. Amidst all of this, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) experiences a great deal of difficulty trying to reconcile itself with the growing number of both traditional and non-traditional Protestants in Ethiopia and reform-oriented groups within the church itself. Fanatical groups within the EOC use inflammatory rhetoric against Protestants/Evangelicals in their magazines, websites and newspapers, using such expressions as “newcomers”, “false prophets” and “menafikan” (deniers of Virgin Mary and the saints) to portray them as non-believers. In recent years, this nation has seen unprecedented levels of political unrest.

RECENT NEWS FROM ETHIOPIA

JUL 21, 2017 PRESENCE IS POWERFUL Found in Stories

After Open Doors staff member Chantal* lost her husband to a heart attack, God sent her exactly what she needed. Companions. + READ MORE

JUN 19, 2017 CHRISTIAN WOMAN MARTYRED IN ETHIOPIA LEAVES A STRONG WITNESS Found in Stories

“Workitu is like Stephen,” commented a local evangelist. + READ MORE

JUN 9, 2017 THE FINAL WORDS OF A PERSECUTED BELIEVER TO HIS CHILDREN: “BE STRONG” Found in Stories

All too many Christian homes in Ethiopia are robbed of their fathers, leaving their grieving families vulnerable. + READ MORE

FEB 8, 2017 ACQUITTAL AND RELEASE OF MEKURIA, JEMBERU, AND TILAHUN Found in Prayer Alerts

After almost three years in prison for the alleged burning of an EOC, three Christian men have been acquitted and released from prison, though a demand for restitution remains under review. + READ MORE

FEB 6,2017 FOUR ETHIOPIAN GIRLS RELEASED FROM PRISON Found in Prayer Alerts

Four teenage believers, three of them minors, served a one-month jail sentence after being convicted on charges of distributing Christian literature and “inciting religious violence.”  The girls were reported to be “in good health” following their release from prison on Dec. 22. Gifti, 14; Mihiret, 14; Eden, 15; and Deborah, 18, served their sentences in […] + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR ETHIOPIA

  • Pray for a wave of biblical reform within the churches claiming Christ in Ethiopia.
  • Pray for God to reveal the Truth to Ethiopian government officials.
  • Pray for Christians persecuted for leaving the Orthodox Church, Islam or traditional beliefs.

Persecution of Christians in Egypt

Persecuted Church (3)
  • Leader:President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:95,215,000 (9,521,500 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism
Egypt Map
 

President al-Sisi’s authoritarian style of government has to some extent restored the rule of law in Egypt, but also implies a stricter compliance with the relatively restrictive legislation related to religious affairs. This is not in the advantage of the country’s Christian population. The large Coptic minority, while facing important difficulties, has been tolerated because of its historical presence and its demographic size. In recent years this has changed, however, causing historical Christian communities to be targeted as well. There is a small but growing community of Christian converts (Muslim Background Believers, MBBs), who bear the brunt of persecution, most often from family members. Believers are often kicked out of their homes when their Muslim families find out about their faith.

In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors is supporting the church in Egypt through the following activities: Family ministry, Youth ministry, General education, Literacy training, Advocacy, Medical outreach, Widows ministry and Women empowerment ministry.

RECENT NEWS FROM EGYPT

JUN 15,2017 SHOWING LOVE TO OUR NEIGHBORS DURING RAMADAN Found in Stories

Believers in Egypt risk safety to engage with Muslim neighbors, and encounter openness and great conversation… + READ MORE

JUN 6,2017 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN IN EGYPT DURING RAMADAN Found in Stories

While Ramadan is a celebration for Muslims, for many Christians these days are a struggle. + READ MORE

JUN 2, 2017 HEAVY TOLL FOR ROMANCE THAT CROSSED EGYPT’S RELIGIOUS DIVIDE Found in Prayer Alerts

In an all too familiar tale in Egypt, a romance between a Muslim and a Coptic Christian ended tragically late last year when the woman professed faith in Christ and was killed by family members. No charges have been filed in this “honor killing.” + READ MORE

JUN 1, 2017 ISIS ATTACKS IN EGYPT SPUR COUNTRY-WIDE EVANGELISM Found in Stories

May the Lord have mercy on Egypt, and may his light open the dark minds and hearts. + READ MORE

MAY 31, 2017 MARVEY’S LAST DAY Found in Stories

Believers in Egypt are facing their greatest time of need right now. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR EGYPT

  • Pray that God would bring Islamist leaders to Christ.
  • Pray for Christians slighted in social, political and legal affairs to entrust their situation to God.
  • Pray for Christian converts who are ousted from their homes for leaving Islam

Persecution of Christians in Qatar

Persecuted Church (1)
 
Qatar Map
 

90% of Qatar’s population of about two million is made up of migrant laborers. These migrant workers come from places like Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Qataris (10%) enjoy the highest GDP per capita in the world. Expatriates and migrant workers are generally perceived and treated by Qataris as slaves. Forced labor and human trafficking are major problems. Working conditions for migrant workers can be inhumane and dangerous; they face underpayment, domestic violence, sexual abuse and lack proper living conditions. It is not uncommon for them to die at their work place from heat stroke or exhaustion. Believers are subject to the death penalty in this nation. This nation, home to Al Jazeera news agency, also has the lowest illiteracy rate in the Arab world.

Open Doors supports the church in the Arabian Peninsula through prayer support.

RECENT NEWS FROM QATAR

JUN 7, 2017 PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS IN QATAR DURING DIPLOMATIC CRISIS Found in Stories

Christians in Qatar are requesting prayers for the current diplomatic crisis their country is in. A growing number of other Arab countries have cut all ties with Qatar. The future for Qatar and its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers – tens of thousands of those being Christian believers – is unclear. + READ MORE

JUN 6, 2017 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A QATARI CHRISTIAN Found in Prayer Alerts

An exclusive interview with a Christian who is able to tell us what life is really like for Christians in Qatar. + READ MORE

MAR 17, 2017 PERSECUTION IN QATAR: WHERE SHARING YOUR FAITH IS A DANGEROUS ACTIVITY Found in Stories

Christian converts in Qatar often feel they cannot share their faith without fearing for their own lives. + READ MORE

FEB 1, 2016 PRAY FOR FELLOWSHIP WITHIN QATAR, AND MORE OPENNESS TO OTHER RELIGIONS. Found in Prayer Alerts

This tiny country along the Arabian Peninsula is home to the Al Jazeera news agency, well developed with the lowest illiteracy rate in the Arab world, and in 2022, plans to be home to the World Cup. Qatar has a small indigenous population and there are actually more foreign workers than native Qataris. In the mix of all of this are Christians, who face a great deal of persecution + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR QATAR

  • Pray for Christian migrant workers to show the love of Christ.
  • Pray for Christian converts who feel they cannot share their faith with Muslim family members.
  • Pray that Qataris would be drawn to Christ by whatever means God deems necessary.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2017 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More


Persecution of Christians in Turkmenistan

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ABOUT TURKMENISTAN

 
  • Leader:President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
  • Government:One-party state
  • Population:5,503,000 (69,900 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism
Turkmenistan Map
 

Turkmenistan is considered to be one of the most restrictive places in the world. There is no freedom of information or press. It is made extremely difficult for foreigners to access the country. A new personality cult has been started around President Berdymukhammedov. Additionally, there is a high level of monitoring of each and every group in society (including Christians) as well as a highly restricted access to foreign media and resources. Consequently, it is also difficult to get information out of the country. Security forces also heavily monitor Christians, which can lead to fear and lack of community. A story we shared with you from May 2016 highlighted a believer who was asked to resign because of her Christian faith shows how little freedom of faith there is in this nation.

Open Doors provides 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. We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia primarily through: Literature Distribution, Prayer support, Biblical Training, Children/Youth Training, Women Ministry, Advocacy and Awareness Training (SSTS), Presence Ministry, Vocational Training and Social-Economic Development Projects.

RECENT NEWS FROM TURKMENISTAN

JUN 4, 2017 WHEN SHE KEPT FOLLOWING JESUS, SHE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN Found in Prayer Alerts

Karina, a Turkmen teacher, knew Jesus’ call for total abandonment to Him; however, she never expected the police to show up during a work meeting and tell her to renounce her faith in the God of the Christians. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR TURKMENISTAN

  • Pray for Christians being wire-tapped to exercise discretion in their communications and for Muslim-background believers (MBBs) who are pressured to return to Islam.
  • Pray for believers from a Muslim background (MBBs) who are pressured to return to Islam.
  • Pray for security forces who are monitoring Christians to encounter the gospel.

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2017 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More


Persecution of Christians in Kenya

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Kenya Map
 

Over the past three years, the level of persecution in Kenya has been increasing, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. The main source of persecution for Christians in Kenya is Islamic oppression – as perpetrated by al-Shabaab and other militant groups. Violent attacks on Christians by Islamic militants in northeastern and coastal Kenya have had a ripple effect on Christian communities throughout the country. Kenya is a country with a Christian majority (82%) and a considerably smaller Muslim population (10-15%). Yet, in areas dominated by Islam, Christians are targets for persecution. Unfortunately, the corruption of public institutions is rampant, which limits protections for persecuted believers. To support persecuted Christians in Kenya, Open Doors works through local partners to provide evangelism and discipleship training, economic assistance, leadership and management training for churches, trauma care training and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM KENYA

OCT 8, 2016 TERROR ATTACK IN KENYA LEAVES 6 DEAD Found in Stories

The terror attack on a Mandera residential compound has been claimed by Al-Shabaab. “We are behind the Mandera attack. During which, we killed six Christians,” local and international media reported the group’s military spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Musab, as saying. + READ MORE

MAY 10, 2016 GARISSA UNIVERSITY MASSACRE SURVIVOR SHARES HIS STORY Found in Prayer Alerts

On April 2, 2015 148 people were killed in the al Shabaab attack on the Garissa University in north-eastern Kenya. Frederick Gitonga, the former chairman of the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS), miraculously survived the attack. Looking back, he tells Open Doors workers he remained standing thanks only to the grace of God and the prayers of supporters and for the purpose of preaching the gospel. + READ MORE

APR 6, 2016 NOT FORGOTTEN—ANNIVERSARY OF GARISSA ATTACKS Found in Prayer Alerts

Sadness mingled with messages of hope at the memorial ceremony in Eldoret, Kenya as those left behind remembered the 147 slain during the massacre on April 2, 2015. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR KENYA

  • Pray that God would protect converts from Islam in northeastern and coastal Kenya.
  • Pray that Christians in the political arena would be given the wisdom they need.
  • Pray that Kenyan Christians living in areas with large Muslim populations would have a desire to share their faith with their neighbors and friends. 

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2017 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More


Persecution of Christians in Vietnam

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ABOUT VIETNAM

 
  • Leader:President Tran Dai Quang
  • Government:Communist State
  • Population:95,415,000 (8,368,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Buddhism
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Communist Oppression, Ethnic Antagonism
Vietnam Map
 

Christians in Vietnam are being subjected to increased persecution. Historical Christian communities experience arrests and land-grabbing by the authorities. Converts to Christianity from Buddhist or ethnic-animist backgrounds face the strongest persecution, which comes not only from the authorities, but also from families, friends and neighbors. Protestant Christian believers tend to gather in house-churches, and their members face discrimination at various levels of society. The Catholic Church is by far the largest Christian community in the country, but the government sees it as being tied to foreign powers, and as a remnant from French colonial days. On November 18, 2016, the communist government adopted a new Law on Belief and Religion, which limits freedom of religion considerably. To stand with persecuted believers in Vietnam, Open Doors provides them with trainings for ministry workers, discipleship programs, Bible and literature distribution, literacy trainings, advocacy and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM VIETNAM

MAY 16, 2017 PLEASE PRAY FOR BELIEVERS BEATEN IN VIETNAM Found in Prayer Alerts

Please pray for Donh*, a Vietnamese believer who was severely beaten by a local police officer in the first week of July. + READ MORE

APR 12, 2017 BELIEVER IN NORTHERN VIETNAM SUSTAINS INJURIES AFTER REFUSING TO DENY JESUS Found in Prayer Alerts

In a province in Northern Vietnam, Khanh endured a beating from his own brother on the  evening of March 29 that left him bloodied and injured, with wounds on his leg and head. Khanh, 28, and his wife and his daughter, became followers of Jesus just five months ago. They have been meeting with other […] + READ MORE

JAN 30, 2017 HANOI BIBLE STUDENTS ARRESTED Found in Stories

As students gathered for a Bible class, Hanoi security forces arrived and arrested the assembled believers. Pastor Nguyen* reported Jan. 23 that “Last week we were arrested by Hanoi security during our Bible class. All students had to stay in the police station and were divided one-by-one to write about what we were doing. The […] + READ MORE

DEC 21, 2016 INHUMANE PRISON TREATMENT FOR VIETNAMESE LUTHERAN PASTOR Found in Prayer Alerts

Vietnamese pastor imprisoned for fighting for religious freedom protests the inhumane treatment to which he has been subjected. + READ MORE

AUG 12, 2016 BELIEVERS’ HOMES STONED IN VIETNAM
 Found in Prayer Alerts

On July 26, three houses in the Quang Ngai district of central Vietnam were stoned by a mob angry because of the occupants’ faith in Jesus. The attack began around 11 pm, while the families were asleep, according to local partner Cang*. + READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR VIETNAM

  • Pray for proper discipleship of the many ethnic minorities coming to faith in rural areas.
  • Pray for family members pressuring their relatives to return to traditional faiths and rituals.
  • Pray that Christians in Vietnam from different backgrounds would find unity in Christ and support one another under persecution. 

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2017 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More


Persecution of Christians in Uzbekistan

Persecuted Church (1)
 
 
  • Leader:President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
  • Government:Authoritarian Republic
  • Population:30,691,000 (350,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Veryhigh
  • Source of Persecution:Dictatorial Paranoia, Post-communist Oppression
Uzbekistan Map
 

In Uzbekistan, converts to Christianity from Islam bear the brunt of persecution. Protestant Christian communities also suffer from raids, threats, arrests and fines. Uzbek President Islam Karimov died on September 2, 2016, and was quickly succeeded by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev. This means that for Christians, little, if anything, will change. Post-communist oppression continues, with the government bugging homes, tapping phones, infiltrating groups with spies and visiting church services. Raids on house church groups, confiscation of religious materials, interrogation and detention of believers also continue. Pressure and violence against Christian converts from family, friends and local communities are likely to continue, as well, if not increase. To support persecuted believers in Uzbekistan, Open Doors works through local partners to provide biblical and ministry training, medical assistance, socio-economic development, children and youth seminars and more.

RECENT NEWS FROM UZBEKISTAN

MAY 5, 2017 UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR UZBEKISTAN Found in Prayer Alerts

Open Doors recently asked a few believers from Uzbekistan how they see things playing out in their country now that long-term president Islam Karimov has passed. + READ MORE

DEC 10, 2016 UZBEKISTAN TARGETS POSSESSION OF CHRISTIAN LITERATURE Found in Prayer Alerts

Authorities in Uzbekistan are targeting Christians who possess Christian literature outside the church property. Authorities raid homes, arrest individuals, and impose fines. + READ MORE

DEC 9, 2016 SHUNNED FOR HIS FAITH Found in Stories

As he placed the last book on the shelf, Ravshan began to panic. Were the books in the same order he had found them in? He frantically tried to calculate the odds that his family would find the Bible hidden at the back. “Being discovered isn’t an option,” he reminded himself… + READ MORE

OCT 7, 2016 CHRISTIANS IN UZBEKISTAN PUNISHED FOR HAVING RELIGIOUS LITERATURE IN HOMES Found in Prayer Alerts

In recent months, a number of Christians have faced harassment, criminal sentences, and fines for having Christian literature in their homes, increasing the challenge of spreading the gospel. + READ MORE

SEP 23, 2016 KEEP PRAYING FOR UZBEKISTAN Found in Stories

During a recent Open Doors Facebook Live event, we discussed the passing of Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov. After his passing in early September, he was buried in the historic cemetery, Shahi Zinda, located in Samarkand, Uzbekistan+ READ MORE

PRAYER POINTS FOR UZBEKISTAN

  • Pray for new believers placed under house arrest by their Muslim families to make them recant.
  • Pray that Christian women forced to marry against their wills would trust in God’s provision.
  • Pray for Christians in Uzbekistan who are under constant surveillance; that they would have the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit at all times. 

TAKE ACTION

Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world. Learn More

Advocate for persecuted Christians by sending the 2017 World Watch List to President Trump. Learn More

Consider donating your resources to Open Doors. Learn More