Tajikistan - Bible class - Photo: VOMC


Over the past ten years, most churches in Tajikistan have had their registration revoked, and they now must meet in secrecy. Because it's the poorest former Soviet republic, many pastors and church leaders are leaving the country to work in Russia so they can support their families. The majority of the population is younger than 30 years of age, and the country lacks basic infrastructure. General corruption and the opium trade compound its difficulties.

Life for Christians

New Christian converts receive the harshest treatment. Believers are beaten and abused, and women are especially targeted for abuse by their fathers and older brothers. Christians are often summoned to appear at the local secret police station. Even though churches meet openly, informants attend every service. Adding to the challenges facing the church, it's illegal to teach children in this country about any religion. In 2017, Pastor Bakhrom Holmatov was arrested for merely possessing a copy of Josh McDowell's book, More Than a Carpenter, because governing authorities considered it "extremist literature."

Current Ministry Project

VOMC has come alongside project partners to offer an English camp as an opportunity for evangelism and outreach among youth and young adults. Camp participants are invited to embrace the Good News of the Gospel through the platform of the English Camps.

Project Fund: Equipping the Saints

Country Information

8,604,882 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Tajik (84.4), Uzbek (11.9), Other (3.7)

Religion (%)
Muslim (96.7), Christian (1.6), unaffiliated (1.5)

President Emomali Rahmon

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system

Source: CIA World Factbook

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Pray God will provide for the physical needs of the people of Tajikistan.

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Tajikistan News

  • Fines for Bible Translation
    Tajik Bible

    Over the past six months, the leaders of four different churches in Tajikistan have received huge fines because they were part of a plan to create a new Tajik translation of the Bible. According to some Tajik Christians, the current translations available in their language use archaic words and some

  • Pastor Released Early
    Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov and his wife - Photo: World Watch Monitor
    Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov and
    his wife (undated image).
    Photo: World Watch Monitor

    In April 2017, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was arrested and charged with "singing extremist songs in church and so inciting religious hatred." In July of that year, he had been sentenced to three years in prison (read mo

  • Clampdown on Christianity
    Pastor Batyr - Photo: Release International www.releaseinternational.org
    Pastor Batyr
    Photo: Release International

    Throughout Central Asia, Christians are facing worship bans, arrest and torture as Islamic nationalism gains ground. In late August, we reported on a group arrested in Tajikistan for distributing Christian literature (read the report). Similar incidents ar

  • Arrested and Fined for Evangelism
    Pamir Mountains - Photo: Wikipedia / FrancisTyers
    Photo: Wikipedia / FrancisTyers

    Ten Christians were arrested by security police in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan on August 7th. The group was distributing Christian literature in Russian, Tajik and various local languages when they were detained. According to a ministry partner of Release Intern