The Muslim majority countries of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan) suffered many years of state-imposed atheism under the Soviet regime.
But the fall of Communism has brought little relief from repression. Human rights violations are common and include religious persecution, arbitrary arrests, forced labour and torture. The region’s Christians live under the threat of constant surveillance and acute safety fears.
Communities in Central Asia are hard to reach – geographically, culturally and spiritually. In Tajikistan, for example, just one in every 1,017 people are followers of Jesus. If it were the same in the UK, the nation’s Christians could fit in Wembley Stadium, leaving 26,000 seats empty.
The church is small, under-resourced and under pressure. But the few who do follow Jesus, do so wholeheartedly. They are passionate about reaching the unreached, and are asking to be shown how.
Local Innovista staff in Central Asia are helping to equip a new generation of courageous Christian leaders to see their communities changed by the love of Jesus.
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