The majority of Turkmen in the world live in various parts of Central Eurasia. For hundreds of years, Turkmen lived as nomadic farmers and herdsman. Their classes were once stratified by the distinct economic division between different tribal cattlemen and farmers. Today, due to migration into cities and various political influences, modern Turkmen have strayed from the older divisions but continue to have strong tribal loyalties. Tribal loyalty carries much influence in the areas of family life and religion.A majority of Turkmen practice Islam but despite outward conformity to Islam, mysticism and other past religious traditions are still prevalent. There is little awareness of Christianity among the Turkmen, and there are not many believers. Many Turkmen come from regions of Central Eurasia that have closed governments, meaning it is becoming increasingly difficult for evangelistic activities. Laborers and evangelistic tools are needed to reach the Turkmen with the message of the gospel.
Engagement // What's Happening Now
There are very few workers in Central Eurasia. Believers from surrounding nations have been able to enter and share the gospel even though many face persecution. Many global workers who are willing to live among the Turkmen and share the gospel are needed in Turkmenistan.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Central Eurasia is one of the Least Reached regions of the world with 728 unreached people groups. Prayer is essential to effectively plant the church in this region.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for the following:
- Pray that God would raise up strong, bold Turkmen believers who will preach the Gospel without fearing for their lives.
- Pray that persecution will bring unity and stronger faith to Turkmen Christians.
- Pray that they will have opportunities to share the Gospel with their own people.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften the hearts of Turkmen towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
- Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Turkmen.