The Uzbeks are a Turkic people group native to Uzbekistan. There are over 23 million in Uzbekistan alone and over 3 million in Central Eurasia and Europe. Their people group descends from Mongol and Turkic kingdoms of the fourteenth century. The Uzbeks were semi-nomadic farmers, now most work on a farm or live in large cities or towns. Most Uzbeks are Muslim; however, many traditional beliefs have made their way into their Islamic practices, and the younger generation is mostly atheistic or non-religious.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The article, “Good Friday,” tells the story of a worker in Central Eurasia who had the opportunity to take local friends on a camping trip. Around sunset, they decided to share the gospel with their friends. They pulled out a Bible in their language and read Luke 23-24. However, as they talked some of the young men were upset and the conversation ended.
The worker and his friend walked away from the campground to pray. As they were away, some people from a local village saw their fire and decided to see who it was. The local sat down with them, and one of the young men beautifully retold the story of Luke. The workers heard what was said and praised God that the gospel was shared.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Consider joining the global prayer community for Uzbekistan, Pray4Uzbekistan. The goal of Pray4Eurasia is to unite believers in prayer for the lost of Eurasia. The site provides daily prayer focuses for Uzbekistan, news, and other resources.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray the Holy Spirit guides workers in Central Eurasia to effectively minister to Uzbeks.
- Pray for a church planting movement in Northern Uzbek towns and cities.
- Pray God’s open the hearts of atheistic and Muslim Uzbeks to receive the gospel.