Arranging translation the Bible into a local language got Christians in Tajikistan into trouble.
Arranging translation the Bible into a local language got Christians in Tajikistan into trouble.
Apr. 16, 2020 | Tajikistan

Church Leaders Fined for Translating the Bible

[364] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Fined Churches.

Four churches in Tajikistan have been fined for their participation in a Bible translation project. Between August 2019 and January 2020, the committee for religious affairs fined church leaders the equivalent of between $700 and $1,100. An average monthly salary in Tajikistan is the equivalent of about $150. “They were fined for arranging a translation of the Bible into modern language,” a local Christian said. Older translations include archaic words and some unclear passages. Officials pressure churches with fines and other punishment because they don’t want Tajik churches, which are viewed as foreign elements, in the country. “They want to make us weary and stop,” the Christian said. Pray for those who were fined and for all in Tajikistan who have grown weary under the relentless oppression.

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  • Dear God, thank You for these faithful Christians in Tajikistan. I pray that all has worked in the favor of those who were fined. O God, please strengthen these believers so that they don't grow weary under the relentless oppression. Bring victory and joy to their lives and souls. May there be religious freedom in Tajikistan! In Jesus' Name. Thank You.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Father God, I ask that You convict the ungodly with their own fears and hatred that causes them to hate the people of JESUS. Let them ask WHY and fill them with Your truth that JESUS alone is Savior and Lord Who lives forever, hallelujah. Please help Your saints in Tajikistan so that Your word will go forth as You ordained. Encourage them dear Lord.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Dear Lord, may the translations of your word continue to grow. Protect the church leaders who are working to help others receive and understand your word. May the persecutors get weary and stop the harassment and instead hear your word and be saved. Please provide for their financial needs to eliminate the unjust fines. Give them peace.
    Joyce A - USA
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • Lord bless those who were translating the bible in different languages. Send your Holy Spirit to them to give them strength, courage and wisdom to continue pressing on in translation of the bible. Raise up many others to do the same. Give them creative ideas and opportunities to complete the task quickly and accurately. Provide an out for the fines
    Angie E - USA
  • Lord God let the wickedness of intimidation in Tajikistan come to an end so that the church can grow and help more people to be saved. Let those brothers and sisters who weary and burdened by persecution put their hope in you for their strength to be renewed.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Tajikistan. I pray you strengthen their weary hearts and remind them that they are not alone. May they feel your arms around them and see you moving in their midst. I pray you provide the money needed to pay the fines. Speak to the hearts of those blinded by the Satan. Pour out your Spirit.
    polly c - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray for this church in Tajikistan. I pray that You would continue to be with them and make Your presence known as they deal with trials and tribulations for Your Name's sake. I pray that You would sovereignly move the government to relive the fine, but even if you don't, may these Christian's hope be in You alone.
    Hosaena C - USA
  • Father thank You for the church in Tajikistan. I pray that You would be with them and supply all their needs especially those financial needs. I pray that the fines would stop and that they would be able to carry on the work that You've entrusted to them. I pray that they would not grow weary in doing good, Fill them with Your Holy Spirit.
    Kia W - USA
  • Father, I believe hardship comes when we become a threat to Satan and those who follow him. Which means that these brothers and sisters in Christ are making an impact in Your name. I ask that You be with these individuals and these churches and allow them to not be slowed down by this. I ask that You will support them and protect them as they push on.
    Spencer B - USA
  • Dear God,
    Thanks for the faith of these dear people. May you strengthen them and give them resources -- both spiritual and material -- that they may be able to thrive even under such oppression. I pray that the Bibles may be translated, and that these Christian churches will soon be welcomed and not treated as foreign. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Rae M - USA
  • Father God I pray if it be Your will for these Christian's, I pray for Your grace and mercy for those who speak truth give them wisdom and guidance in translating your Holy Word.that they are not in err
    I ask for Your hedge of protection around them and an outpouring of your Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide them. Hallelujah Jesus is Lord! In Christ
    Pat D - Canada
  • Help these fined churches pay their fines and show those who fined them that God provides.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Lord we pray that You would encourage these Tajikistan believers. May You bless, provide for and give Your great peace to them. May they mature in their faith and deepen their knowledge of Your Word, so they hear You and are guided by You. Please cause their persecutors to become weary and in fact come to faith themselves. Strengthen the believers.
    Anne W - USA
  • Abba, I come to you in the name of Your Only Son Yeshua, and I beg that you give the translators the strength to continue because your Word is so desperately needed! Please offer them protection. Give them a safe place to do your work! God I am asking for a miracle because I know what YOU can do! You are the God who spoke a WORLD into existence! Amen!
    Bre D - USA
  • Lord we pray that you will give them the support and money they need to pay the fines. Provide the money for them in Jesus name. Love, Evi
    Evi B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I want to lift up these dear Christians who are desirous to translate the Living Word into their modern language. May your Holy Spirit strengthen them, increase their faith and during this time of trial, grant them peace and hope. May those who oppose them be enlightened to truth and power of Your living word. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Tajikistan: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring their opponents to repentance. May Your care for them encourage them to renew their strength. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    We pray for the Churches that were fined. Let them not grow weary in this good work You have called them to do! Empower them to look beyond the persecution to Your Light! Guide them in all that they do. Take away all fear and fill them with peace, grace and love.
    In the Holy Name of our Lord and Savior, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Eph 1:17-19
    17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the sur
    Victor I - USA
  • We thank you Lord for the Churches as we pray for grace to stand. Please be with them and strengthen them that they be not weary and despondent, raise help and help them Lord, grant them favor and wisdom in handling the translation project. Pls Lord, use this situation to revive and unite the Christians in that region in love in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Lord God, I do pray that these men would know Your strength for endurance and patience with joy. May they have the physical resources to pay the fine, and wisdom and courage to know how to continue in this translation work. Please strengthen Your church with faith to believe Your promises, and may those who oppose You be softened by Your power.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, may Your sustaining power and hope guide these churches in the persecution they face. May doors of opportunity come their way to continue this translation project so Your truth my continue to be made known and spread among those who believe and those who don't know the Savior. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Our Father, thank You for Your work in Tajikistan. Please help allr those who were fined and for all in Tajikistan who have grown weary under the oppression. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father in heaven,I lift my brothers and sisters as they are growing weary of all the oppression from the govt. Renew there spirit and Provide all their needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Tajikistan: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love committed to Christ. Open the hearts of their opponents to Jesus. Sustain these believers; may oppression & the fines stop. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, I pray that You put a hedge of protection around my brethren in Christ in Tajikistan. Please relieve their weariness and help them continue to translate the Bible so that many in their country will learn about You, the One True God. I praise You and ask these things in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen
    Mary I - USA
  • Father, we ask that you would protect and give wisdom to those being persecuted in Tajikistan. Show them your love and help them to be overcomers during this time. In Jesus name.
    Rhonda F - USA
  • Father God, I pray that you will use this persecution for your glory and to spread your word to many in Tajikistan. Thank you for the faithfulness of these church leaders and I pray that they will have the means to pay the fines because you provide what they need. Please show them that you are with them and can give them everything they need. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Tajikistan : Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of their opponents to You. Sustain the believers. May oppression of them stop as opponents see their positive influence. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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