country profile

Kazakhstan

location
Central Asia
Population

18.7 million

Religions

Islam 52%
Orthodox 15%
Non-Religious 32.5%
Evangelicals 0.61%

People Groups
73

Including Russian, Kazakh, Tatar, Uyghur, Ukrainian, many Ethnic Groups

Unreached People Groups
36

(Joshua Project – Operation World – Government Sources)

Bordering

Borders with five countries: Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea.

Spiritual Needs

Kazakhstan separated from Russia and declared independence in 1991 during the fall of communism. Under communism all religions were under strict surveillance and suffered persecution. Today only traditional and Islamic based faiths can operate freely. Laws have become oppressive towards Christianity and its adherents.

While distancing themselves from a Russian past, there has been an alarming increase in the erecting of mosques. In some areas of Kazakhstan it is quite common to have a mix of old religions and Islam, together making a “Folk Islam”. The Gospel and Gospel workers, Bibles and Bible literature are desperately needed right across this country.

SGA's Involvement

Biblical Training:  Indigenous believers are offered Bible teaching through Almaty Bible Institute and the Independent Bible Correspondence School [Christian education by extension]. Many students who attend Almaty Bible Institute receive grants.

Sponsoring Leaders: SGA is supporting 12 missionary families.

Christian Literature: There is a pressing need for adequate availability of the Kazakh Bible which has been recently revised.  Publication and distribution of this continue to make good progress.  Adult and children’s copies will be distributed simultaneously so that families will be reached with God’s Word.

Crisis Response: Hope Centres offer much needed practical and spiritual support to vulnerable young people and orphaned children.  While some are true orphans, many are ‘social orphans’ whose parents are unable to take care of them, or who have been removed from parental custody due to abuse or neglect.

Joy of Christmas project provides Christmas gifts for many neglected and orphaned children while offering valuable opportunities to share the Gospel.

Widows’ Project provides for many vulnerable in society. Some of these have been converted to Christ from a Muslim background.  This can mean abandonment by their husbands and being disowned by their families.  SGA classify these as a ‘cultural widows’ who also require support.

Christian Radio: SGA is providing funds for radio sets and pre-programmed SD cards which are being distributed to isolated Christians and interested non-believers.

Funding for radio programmes is an essential means of providing Biblical teaching and introduction to Christianity, as well as encouragement for persecuted believers.

Evangelism: 1-10 Evangelismeach believer is encouraged to reach ten non-believers with the Gospel through literature packs.

Church Buildings: SGA has helped finance buildings. These provide essential accommodation for believers to worship.

Prayer Needs

Pray:

  • For all who study at ABI and through IBCS.  May many be prepared for future Christian service by these means.
  • That the SGA sponsored missionaries will be effective in church planting and discipleship.
  • That the Kazakh Bible will be distributed to many homes and that Muslim families will understand God’s Word, accept its teaching, and be born again.
  • For those who are persecuted for their faith, that pastors and church leaders will know the wisdom of God and His strength and grace.
  • For Kazakh believers as they become involved in missionary outreach.  Some believers are considering the call to go and plant churches in surrounding nations. Pray that more will be ready to reach out to these countries.
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