The collapse of the Soviet Union did not free the people of Turkmenistan from tyranny. The country still remains under the authoritarian rule of current president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow which has enriched the privileged few while the masses are hungry. Long lines queue up for scarce food. Turkmenistan has been blessed with oil and gas reserves, but the rich are only getting richer while the poor are experiencing hyperinflation and are threatened with starvation. Second only to North Korea, Turkmenistan is a dangerous place for journalists, and its human rights abuses are among the worst in the world. Forced labour conscripts many to work in its cotton fields.
Turkmenistan is facing an escalating economic crises due to mismanagement of its hydrocarbon reserves. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says “The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development should not expand its lending in Turkmenistan until the government shows concrete progress in improving the humanitarian situation.” Islam is the predominant religion in Turkmenistan with very few professing Christian Believers. This country need’s God’s intervention. The nation of Turkmenistan is number 23 on the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.
Let us pray for:
- The authoritarian rulers in Turkmenistan to get a wake-up call about the spiralling economic crisis threatening their country and their population. May they seek the guidance of many advisers as they address this crisis (The Bible, Proverbs 11:14).
- Humanitarian crisis threatening the people of Turkmenistan. The media can only express the “party line” of its rulers, so the people are truly uninformed and victims to the whims of its autocratic rulers. Pray for the truth to be revealed and bring conviction (The Bible, John 14:6).
- God to send visions and dreams to the people of the Saviour Jesus Christ, and for Him to send someone to tell them the truth that He loves them and died for them so that they too can be saved eternally (The Bible, Acts 2:17).
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