Monday, September 01, 2008

30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World Ramadan 2008: September 01 - September 30
"Loving Muslims Through Prayer"

Marriage in Tajikistan
A Muslim Woman's Empty Dreams

Tonight, the respected businessman Sharif is going to visit Nazira's family. On the telephone he said he wants to talk with her father about a new car, but Nazira knows the real reason for his visit. Nazira is already 24 years old and single.

In Tajikistan the estimated average annual income is around 250 Euros per person (US$ 368), but Sharif is one of the exceptions. He already had two wives and Nazira will become his third. Quickly the parents agree and arrangements are made. Everyone is happy, however Nazira realises that some of her cherished dreams will not come true.

It is estimated that the number of Tajikistan workers in Russia number about one million. Since there are only seven million people in Tajikistan, this means that a large percentage of the male population is away from home. Women and children are in the majority. In the villages the women live amid tensions between old traditions, atheism and a new wave of radical Islam.
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Prayer points:
  • Pray for increasingly healthy and Biblically oriented families among the followers of Jesus in this nation.
  • Pray for the many Tajik men in surrounding countries to be reached with the Good News.
  • Pray that Tajikistan believers can develop more and more their own style of worship in their own language.
  • Pray in small groups for women like Nazira, remembering many Muslim women receive dreams from Jesus.
Google Map Link: Tajikistan
YouTube Video Link: 2 min. 25 sec, report on Tajikistan
Gospel Language Link: Hear the Gospel in Tajik - great for evangelism / mission

You are welcome and encouraged to forward these e-mails to others. This is an excerpt from the 30-Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklet, also available in Spanish.

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