Flag of Turkmenistan Rank: 20
Score: 62/100
2013 Rank: 19
Leader: President Berdymukhamedov
Government: One-party state
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 5.3 million (94,700 Christians)
Source of persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Organised corruption

Christian Persecution in TurkmenistanConsidered to be one of the most restrictive countries in the world, Turkmenistan has no freedom of information or press. The government opposes every group it cannot control, and as a secular regime, it especially opposes religion. Police and secret services keep the church under strict surveillance. Unregistered churches and meetings are raided, material is confiscated – and it is impossible to do youth work or train leaders openly. Islam plays an important role in community life, and families react strongly to relatives who change their faith.


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  • Herb

    Praying for this country’s requests

  • Elizabeth

    Heavenly Father, The One and only God. Shine Your light over this country. Save,heal and deliver many from their struggles. Empower the church to minister Your Son to others …Keep them protected..We pray for signs and wonders. Thenk You for the release of this man of God. Continue to protect him.

    We pray peace, blessings, grace,mercy and love over this whole land.


  • http://www.facebook.com/CYNTHIA.GILBERT4 Cynthia Gilbert

    Father God ..you remain the same through the ages..Your love never fails.. Inside i pray that your love will prevail over the brutal evil facing the world of Your children.I pray that your peace special amazing love filled peace will consume each one .. we love and adore you LORD.. IN YOUR NAME ALONE MIGHTY kING JESUS WE PRAY THANKING YOU AMEN…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Lewis/100002207137412 Larry Lewis


    I know You love the people of Turkmenistan and, You desire that all will come to know Your Son Jesus as their personal loving Saviour. Father, I pray that You will pour out Your Spirit on all flesh that the blinders of politics and religious bondage will be removed so that, all of Turkmenistan will be set free to worship You in Spirit and in Truth . amen.,

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You today on behalf of Turkmenistan. The needs are great in this nation, but You are greater. I pray that You would comfort Mr. Shirmedov and his family as they continue to recover from the attack on their service this past fall. I pray that none of them would be traumatized mentally or suffer emotional distress because of this occurrence. Help them to have peace in their hearts and to continue to serve You boldly.

    I also pray for MBBs in Turkmenistan who face exceptional persecution. I pray for their strength and their physical well-being. I ask that You would provide for them when their country or their family refuses to do so. I know that You will not allow them to be shamed for putting their trust in You. I pray Your special protection against each of them – guard them against those who would wish to destroy them. Help them to stay focused on their purpose and on the tasks for which You have called them. Help them to keep their eyes on the things of heaven and to remember the prize that comes at the end of the race.

    I also pray that You would intervene politically in this country and that the government would be willing to register churches. I pray that those who wish to meet to worship together would be given that right. I pray that You would raise people up inside the government of Turkmenistan who would support freedom of religion and allow people to worship as they please. I ask that You would give wisdom and discernment to all churches seeking to be registered and help them to be wise and cautious in how they proceed.

    We join together in thanking You for the release of Pastor Ilmurad from prison and continue to lift up all other believers who remain in chains. We ask for Your strength for them today and that You would be so close to them. We pray for their release at the moment that You choose. Please use them even in prison to bring glory to You – and please provide everything that they need in order to endure. Be with their families today as they grieve and try to continue to live. Comfort them and provide for them in ways that only You can. Continue to glorify Your name in Turkmenistan through all these things in Jesus’ name, amen.


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  • Katherine Harms

    I pray for Pastor Ilmurad, that he may find strength and courage to be faithful, even as he lives under a microscope. May new believers know the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit when they are pressured by Muslims to renounce their faith. May they and we reject Satan’s temptation to feel discouraged when the pressure and pain associated with faithful testimony build up.

  • Edith Kurie

    Almighty God thank You for those strong and courageous in Turkmenistan and so many countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. I pray Your peace and protection, and for those who persecute them in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Teknon Theou

    “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, togive the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Corinthians 4:6)

    Lord Jesus, remind the believers in Turkmenistan of this promise, that You have chosen them to bear witness of Your name to all of the people here in Turkmenistan. May they be as a fragrant perfume to You. Thank you for the testimony of these faithful men and women of God who suffer for You and bear Your name. Give them power from Your Spirit to endure this fiery trial, just as Your Word says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2,3)

    Father, I also lift up Begjan Shirmedov to You, that You may protect His heart from bitterness. May He not dwell in grief or gloom, Lord but may he use this trial to spread his testimony. Strengthen him and his family with the promises from Your Word. Speak encouragement to his heart and root him in You. In the powerful name of the great I AM, Amen.

  • Michael Thompson

    Father, please comfort encourage and strengthen these dear brothers and sisters as they endure mistreatment at the hand of those who oppose You. Please continue to build your church and make disciples in this country.

  • Rapulek

    1 Peter 3:12-14 (ESV) For the eyes of the Lord
    are on the righteous[you people of Turkmenistan] , and his ears are open
    to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” [13] Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is
    good? [14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you
    will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

  • http://www.dreambuilderz.com Anthony

    I am praying for my brothers and sisters.

  • itza sharpe

    Today I join all these praying warriors, in Jesus name here I am fighting this spiritual battle along my praying partners, I pray for an anointing miracle today in the country of turkmenistan, Jesus, open their eyes, open their hearts, give them wisdom to receive your word that’s being preached, I pray for all the ministers, all the cristians who are suffering persecution, fill them with your Holy Spirit, they are willing, but sometimes it is hard, and they feel weak, I pray for the weak ones, give them strength, in Jesus name,

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    May God strengthen your hearts and fill you with His love and peace. May His word sustain you and nourish you. Praying!

  • Justin

    God of peace, we praise you that you are Jehovah and that you have heard these
    prayer requests. We rejoice, even as the apostles did (Acts 5.41), that You
    have considered these dear brothers and sister (in Turkmenistan) worthy to
    suffer shame for Your name. We ask, according to Your sovereignty, that
    these Your children (believers in Turkmenistan) be given Your grace, that they
    might keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our
    Lord Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6.13-16).

  • Luciano and Janie

    Our Lord has a renant of believers in each country of this world, this coountry is no deferent.

  • Luciano and Janie

    Everyday I lift up the needs of my Brothers and Sisters from around the world. I also include their families and their children which sometimes become abandoned when their parents are killed or become inprisoned. Yet, thru all of this persecution I remember the words of the Apostle Paul when he said, “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that youmay be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, Having Girded Your Loins with Truth, and Having Put on The Breastplate of Righteousness, and having shod Your Feet with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the Helmet of Salvation and sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6: 10-17.

  • Amy

    Lord, I pray today for Turkmenistan and for the people who are living there. I pray first for the man named Shirmedov who was written about in the letter… I pray that You would continue to keep his faith strong and vibrant despite the persecution that he is facing and despite the trauma of the raid on his house. I ask that You would bring peace to him and to his family members and that they would continue to serve You courageously. I pray for the MBBs who basically are unable to practice their faith. I pray that You would somehow loosen the restrictions on them so that they are able to meet together and learn and fellowship. I pray that You would at least connect them with other believers so that they don’t have to walk through life alone. I pray that You would help them to be both wise and bold in terms of sharing their faith with others… they are in a strategic position with so many who need to hear the gospel but yet I know they also must be wise. Please lead them, each of them, by Your Spirit and put in them a desire to spread Your Word everywhere that they go. I also pray specifically for believers who are struggling financially and who need microloans in order to survive. I pray that You would provide those loans for them and that they would be used strategically in order for them to be able to start a self-sustaining business. Please give them wisdom on what type of business to start and how to proceed so that they can be wise with what You’ve provided for them and continue something that can allow them to live. Please generously provide for them all in Jesus’ name. Amen.