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Central Asian Campaign Gains Momentum!

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

TVSEMINARY continues to gain momentum and expand its reach to

Central Asian language groups.

The Gospel and Islam- By David Shenk

TVSEMINARY has many courses in Uzbek, a central Asian language group. You will learn more about our TVSEMINARY Central Asian Coordinator Muhammad (whose name is changed to protect his identity) and his struggles with torture and persecution for his faith in the coming weeks. There are currently a little over 4,000 Uzbek National Christians in a population of 30 million in Uzbekistan, and they are the target of severe persecution.

The Languages of Central Asia

The five countries in Central Asia are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. There are also five major ethnic groups that correspond to these countries, Uzbek, Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen, and Kyrgyz. Linguistically all of these groups, with the exception of the Tajiks whose language is more similar to modern-day Persian, speak languages that are from the Turkic language family and resemble Turkish.

Tajik is the official language of Tajikistan and is spoken by most people there. A member of the southwest group of Iranian languages, it is closely related to the mutually intelligible dialects of Farsi and Dari in Iran and Afghanistan, respectively, though it differs from these.

The following updates are coming soon:

  • Muhammad and the campaign

  • "The Gospel and Islam" and "Pastoral Counseling" courses

  • Interview with Dave and Sharon Martin from Hershey, PA

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