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Keep Praying for Uzbekistan

September 23, 2016 by Janelle P in

During a recent Open Doors Facebook Live event, we discussed the passing of Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov. After his passing in early September, he was buried in the historic cemetery, Shahi Zinda, located in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He held the presidency for 25 years. As a result, his death left the country wondering who and what was next in leadership.

Uzbekistan’s Prime Minister, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was rumored to be the late president’s successor, and on September 8, he stepped into the role of President Interim. The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan has reported that Mirziyoyev was nominated as a candidate for the presidency on Friday, September 16, 2016.

According to a report with Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov, chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan, “Early presidential elections in Uzbekistan will be held on December 4.”

Christians in Uzbekistan face a great deal of persecution. It holds the #15 spot on our World Watch List. Christians face raids, fines, arrests and threats every day. Some Muslim families go as far as placing Christian family members under house arrest, until they renounce Christ. Local believers in Uzbekistan say that the President Interim is a supporter of Christian persecution.

Please keep Uzbekistan in your prayers. Pray that whoever takes the presidential role will consider the persecution of Christians a pressing issue. Pray they will make strides to end persecution. Lastly, pray for the persecuted. Pray God grants them safety and wellness.

4 responses to “Pray With Uzbekistani Christians In Their Uncertainty”

  1. Lord God, please give miracle “lunch times” to the pastors who serve you. May they have multiplication of bread and meat like the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

  2. May God be a wall of protection around His people and continue to hedge them in. Lord remember the persecuted Christians around the world. May they be steadfast immovable and abound in the Lord. May their faith be unbreakable, unshakable, unmovable and unstoppable. May the continue to honour you in spite of, nevertheless of, regardless of in Jesus Name.

  3. God, I pray in agreement with the prayers of all my brothers and sisters. I ask you to reach out your hand in this and other African nations torn apart by war. Strengthen your followers and work in and through them so that many will come to know you. I lift up the government and pray that you will soften their hearts, break down the strongholds in their minds, and set them free that they may govern their countries in accordance with your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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