Published on April 6th, 2004
Slightly larger than California.
Turkmen, Russian, Uzbek
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan was considered part of Persia before the 18th century. A great trade route called the “Silk Road” ran through Turkmenistan.Turkmenistan became part of the U.S.S.R. (often called “The Soviet Union”) in 1924. The Soviet Union was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, the Soviet Union broke up into many smaller countries. Turkmenistan was one of those countries. Recent leaders of the country have not been interested in giving the citizens freedom to worship as they want.
Police raid churches that are not registered with the government. It is illegal to print religious literature, like the Bible, without government permission. By law, Christians may not share their faith with non-Christians. Foreign missionaries are prohibited. Non-Christians are sometimes hostile to Christians.