Release International Prayer Shields: Iran and Central Asia.


Persecution is reportedly on the increase in Iran as the authorities are determined to stop further growth of the house church movement. Pray the church will grow unimpeded.

Central Asia

Praise God that churches have been allowed to register in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan, where, until now, there has not been a single registered church.

Central Asia

Pray that improvements in religious freedom in Uzbekistan last year will continue. Pray specifically that the evangelical churches which were officially registered in 2020 will grow rapidly.

Central Asia

Citizens from outside Central Asia are forbidden to take part in Christian meetings in the region. During the pandemic, officials have banned visits by foreign Christian workers. Pray that churches will not become isolated.

Central Asia

Continue to pray for the Christian workers Release supports in Central Asia. Pray that through their ministry the church in the region will grow and bear much fruit.

Central Asia

In registering, churches in Central Asia often have to provide personal details about their members. Pray that this information does not fall into the hands of criminals or Islamist extremists.

Central Asia

Churches must register with the authorities in order to have permission to meet. In Kyrgyzstan, the authorities demand a minimum church membership of 200. Pray that God will protect smaller churches from scrutiny.

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