The Tajiks are the indigenous people of Tajikistan. Tajikistan is a mountainous land; the Pamir Mountains reach heights of nearly 25,000 feet. The Tajiks are primarily farmers and shepherds who live in the valleys. Many are moving to the cities, and most farmers only work the summer months in the field and spend the remainder of the year in the city.
The Tajiks are mostly Muslim. Islam came to the Tajiks in the tenth century; and in the eighteenth century, they converted to the Ismail branch. This branch does not have mosques, but they meet weekly for prayer instead.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Central Asia is one of the least reached regions of the world. There are over 400 million people with 728 unreached people groups with little to no access to the gospel. Pray for a church planting movement that will engage the Tajik and pioneer an indigenous church in Tajikistan.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for effectiveness and fruitfulness as church planting teams launch their ministry.
- Many Tajiks also hold animistic beliefs alongside their Islamic beliefs. Pray for spiritual freedom as they hear the truth of the gospel.
- Ask God how he may be asking you to help support the ministry in Central Asia.