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Mission Eurasia works in Turkmenistan and the other countries of Eurasia to train and equip young Christian leaders for effective ministry.

Turkmenistan is one of our most difficult ministry fields, ranking 26th on the 2023 Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 worst countries for Christian persecution. The U.S. government classifies Turkmenistan as a “Country of Particular Concern,” and Human Rights Watch condemns it as one of the most repressive and isolated countries in the world. Our colleagues there regularly face harassment and threats of arrest and imprisonment.

After gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Turkmenistan has essentially remained an authoritarian cult of personality. The first president was “president for life” until his death in 2006, and the next president—a former official under the first president—suspiciously won his second and third elections with almost the entire vote. After ending his presidency in 2022, his son won the ensuing election. Despite possessing ten percent of the world’s natural gas reserves and tremendous oil resources, widespread corruption and Islam keep Turkmenistan’s people in both physical and spiritual poverty. These factors have caused massive emigration; however, the government has also actively prevented nationals from leaving.

Religiously, Turkmenistan is 94 percent Muslim, roughly four percent Christian—mostly Russian Orthodox—and roughly two percent non-religious. Approximately one tenth of one percent of the population are evangelical Christian. Religious registration is highly prohibitive, and all religious literature is censored. Therefore, most evangelical church activity takes place underground.

Despite these harsh conditions, you helped Mission Eurasia introduce the School Without Walls (SWW) program in Turkmenistan nearly a decade ago. Fast forward to 2023 and you are still continually supporting our SWW training: this year for 20 leaders, 17 of whom graduated from the full two-year program. Please pray for the safety and growth of these leaders and their families who are reaching their neighbors and relatives with the gospel and helping edify and grow the local church.

Please Help Us Bring Hope to Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is one of the world's most repressive and isolated countries, yet Mission Eurasia is working here to train and equip young Christian leaders who can shine the light of the gospel throughout this Muslim-majority nation.

Join us in supporting our School Without Walls program in Turkmenistan and help us empower young leaders to share the gospel in this difficult land. Please donate today and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”

Psalm 18:6

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for our leaders who are working tirelessly in one of the world’s most repressive and isolated countries to establish and expand our SWW program.
  • Please pray for those who are crushed by poverty and government oppression. Pray that they would find hope and freedom in Christ.
  • Please pray for our leaders who are ministering to the young people of the nation. Pray that, despite persecution and hardship, they would continue reaching the Next Generation.
  • Please pray that corruption in Turkmenistan would come to an end, and that God would put the righteous in places of authority.


“My name is Yusup. I am 29 and I live in Turkmenistan. When I was 16, I heard about Jesus for the first time from my friends and I started going to the underground church. I remember one day when we got together to read the Bible and worship God, police officers broke into the building, arrested us all, and took us to the police station. They beat me very badly and told me that if I continued going to the services, I would have huge problems—then they let me go. When I got home, my parents didn’t allow me to leave the house for a while after that. So, I stopped going to the underground church.

“The time went by. In 2017, I was invited to a birthday party and there I ran into my old friend who was a Christian. We used to go to the underground church together. He started telling me about the Lord, and my heart started beating faster. The fire to know about God was lit in my heart and my life again.

“After that encounter, I started going to underground Bible studies held in different people’s homes. That was when I was offered the opportunity to do a SWW course. Thanks to this course, my faith has been strengthened, and I started sharing about the Lord with others! Please pray for me, for my SWW studies, and for those with whom I am sharing the gospel so that they would come to know the Lord too. Pray the Lord would protect us and our underground SWW, as there are a lot of dangers and threats. We always take risks (by gathering), but we do it because we know that we need Christ to grow spiritually.”

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