Flag of Uzbekistan Rank: 15
Score: 68/100
2013 Rank: 16
Leader: President Islam Karimov
Government: Authoritarian republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 28.7 million (210,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Dictatorial paranoia

Christian Persecution in UzbekistanThe state heavily controls religion in Uzbekistan. The Russian Orthodox Church has a degree of freedom, but Protestants are branded as ‘extremists’ who need to be controlled, and even eliminated. Church services are in constant danger of disruption, and members face harassment and arrests for holding private prayer meetings or possessing ‘illegal religious literature’. Sharofat Allamova was sentenced to one-and-a-half years of ‘corrective labor’ in April 2013 for handing out copies of the New Testament and DVDs of the Jesus film.


  • For Uzbek brothers and sisters who are detained, fined, and even beaten for owning Christian materials
  • For long-term prisoner Tohar Haydarov, imprisoned in 2010 for ten years
  • For wisdom for Open Doors workers and partners as they strengthen the church through livelihood training and spiritual encouragement.

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  • Herb Hauls

    Praying for this country’s requests

  • Kathleen Chiles

    May GOD bless HIS believers everywhere and show them HIS love. Let them know that we who love HIM also love them and pray for them to be strong in their faith.

  • Felicity

    May you know that the will of God will never lead you where His grace will not sustain you. May you know His peace in all your circumstances and may those who persecute you come to know the risen Christ through your witness. Felicity

  • Grace Kim

    Dear God,
    I praise you for the mighty work you have started in Uzbekistan. I pray You continue to use these people Lord, empower them with your blessings and grace as they go through these situations. It is so admirable and such a honor to see and be praying for believers in the world who suffer for Christ. I pray you pour out your blessings among the people in Uzbekistan. Show them your love for them, let them turn to the truth, and have the full healing through your presence. Lord, heal the believers who are suffering for Your names sake. Heal every bone in their body, replenish them and comfort them. Give them strength and courage to continue on the difficult journey, and give them joy to go throughout their days with a peace of mind and heart. May your love be seen through these people that others whether it be guards or onlookers see the hearts and love of Jesus, and be so crazy and want what that same love in their lives. I ask Holy Spirit come into them and touch the cold hearts who are in need of you. Continue to use Your soldiers and may the work of Christ be ongoing until the day Christ comes back! May justice be served in Your timing, and bless all those who suffer in Your name.
    In Jesus name, Amen.

  • Kevin McMahan

    It’s one thing to read that “God is in control.” It’s another to believe it. And it’s quite another to experience it. So thankful that God saw fit to give us new hearts and to send His Living Spirit to make a garden in the heart of every believer. Praying for those who are advancing the Kingdom where faith costs the most.

  • William Dlubak

    I pray to YHVH in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach’s name, Abba, I pray that all Yeshua’s sheep recieve your beloved Word. I pray that they hold firm in thier belief. I pray You give them the strength to endure all the attacks from the enemy. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Amen.

  • Eve Williamson

    My heart is so burdened for these people…I am praying for God’s intervention on their behalf–for protection, for the freedom to worship, for boldness to witness, for leader’s hearts to be softened toward the gospel and for them to experience God’s love and presence wherever they may be.

    God bless each one of you.
    Jeremiah 29:11

  • Gordon Cotter

    Glorify Your name,Lord!!!

  • Amy

    Lord, today I pray for Uzbek Christians everywhere like the woman on the video. I thank You that they are not turning from You when things get difficult and that they are determined to keep their faith in You despite obstacles and challenges and persecution. I pray that You would strengthened and empower every Christian in Uzbekistan today – help them to keep their focus on eternity when their present is extremely difficult. It sounds so easy to say but I know that in reality it is extremely hard when emotions are involved. I ask that You would be Lord over their emotions and their grief and their pain… help them not to hide those emotions but to submit them to You and trust that You will work through them and in spite of them. Please continue to give them courage and encouragement as they serve You in such difficult circumstances. Please provide everything that they need in every aspect of their lives.
    I also pray for Your strategic wisdom for church leaders and overseers, especially concerning the area of getting believers together to worship in larger settings. This is difficult but not impossible with You and I know that these Christians can use so much encouragement and need to be with one another. Please help these groups of believers to find ways to interact with one another and gather together so that they can sharpen and mutually encourage one another.
    I join my prayers with those around the globe praying for Tohar Haydarov. I pray in the name of Jesus for his release and for justice to be done. I ask that You would strengthen him and keep him in prison until the moment that You have ordained for his release. I know that You have a plan for this situation as terrible as it may seem. Please help his family members and those who love him… I can’t imagine their grief and pain and only You can comfort them and help them. Please have mercy on this entire situation and allow Your love and the fact that You are in control just to be so tangible to everyone involved in this situation – from Tohar to his family members to those working on his case. Please do what only You can do in each heart and each mind and each body. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Jay Upadhya

    lord protect these people lord bring religuis freedom in this country of the middle east again in the name of jesus Amen

  • Pamela kunz

    I ask you Father to protect your people in Uzbekistan from the power of
    Satan. Give them discernment as they go about their lives as when to
    speak and to whom. Allow your Holy Spirit to speak through them with
    power. Prompt them Lord and give the time to speak to you every day.
    Remind them of Ester, David and Daniel and urge them to be bold in
    coming to you. We ask that your Kingdom would increase in this area.
    We ask that people in positions of power would have Your Truth revealed
    to them and that they would accept Jesus as their personal Savior.
    Lord do Your mighty work in this area and glorify Your name.

  • Gerri

    Praying for these dear believers in Uzbekistan…may the Lord change the dictatorial rule of the leaders and grant Christians the right and privilege of meeting for worship, possession of Christian literature and freedom to serve the Lord. Please don’t give up…keep praying and trusting God for a miracle in the hearts of leaders. God can change hearts and move in such a way to transform their lives. Lord, please give them the confidence and tenacity to serve you bravely and help others to know you.
    Open hearts of the unbelievers and send your messengers to spread the gospel.

  • Sue

    Praying for our brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan, and prisoners like Tohar, to remain strengthened and comforted by Jesus.

  • Joshua Chan

    God, You know the faith and love of the Uzbek christians. May you meet their need in times of trouble, grant them hope in times of darkness. Show them your great power as Jesus is being revealed.
    Cause the eyes of the authorities to see Your glory that they may come to worship You. In Jesus name. Amen

  • Kendra Malczyk

    Your faith encourages me in my innermost being. Blessed are you as Jesus tells us in His beatitudes. May you know the richness of His abiding presence at all times. I pray God will supply all your needs, both physical and spiritual. Continue to hold on to your faith. He will not disappoint you since He is not slack concerning His promises. I give thanks to the Lord for Open Doors and other ministries helping persecuted Christians. I am so deeply grateful they help us all to reach out to one another in Christ Jesus.

  • Amy

    Lord, today I come before You to pray for the nation of Uzbekistan. Although I don’t personally know anyone in this country, there are thousands of my brothers and sisters there who are struggling and who are in need of help from You. So I lift each of them up to You today. For those who have been imprisoned because of their witness or because they were found in possession of Christian materials – Lord, please be their strength today. I can’t imagine what they have to live in, but I know that You are able to meet them in a supernatural way and give them everything that they need to endure this experience until You see fit to release them. I do pray for their release so that they can get back out into the world and continue to do Your work and share You with others. For those believers who are free but who have to meet in secret and who are constantly in danger of being caught – I ask that You would protect them and grant them wisdom in every circumstance. I pray that You would make them bold and that You would not allow them to let fear hinder their witness. I ask for favor for them with their friends and neighbors and anyone that they try to share the gospel with. I also pray for the family members of those who have been imprisoned and I ask for strength and comfort for them. I can’t imagine what they must be feeling – all I can do is bring them before You and ask You to meet them and encourage them and give them strength. I pray also for the government leadership and I ask that You would SAVE THEM! I pray that somehow You would move Christians into positions where they can exert influence over policy and governance. I ask that You would also allow salvation to come to the homes of the leadership of Uzbekistan and that revival would start from the top! I also pray for the children of Uzbekistan who are growing up without the opportunity to hear the gospel – please somehow allow them to learn about You and to have the opportunity to put their faith and trust in You as their Savior. I pray specifically for Tohar Haydarov who is in prison as it seems right now. I ask for You, today, to go and meet him in a special way. I don’t know how he is feeling today or what he needs from You but I know that YOU know and that You are able to provide it. If it is healing or strength or comfort or encouragement or boldness or wisdom or faith… please grant it to him today and encourage him that You have not abandoned him and You are with him in this trial. Please also continue to use Open Doors and all other organizations who are working in Uzbekistan to help educate and equip and serve and bring relief to Christians in this region. Please give them wisdom and provision and help and send the right people to this area in order to serve You and the people who live there. In Jesus’ name I ask all of this, amen.