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Kazakhstan
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Overview:

Formerly under Communist rule as a republic of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan’s mineral resources have made it one of Central Asia’s wealthiest nations. Islam has experienced a resurgence since the fall of the Soviet Union as many have returned to what they consider their Muslim heritage, which was restricted for decades by atheistic communism. Today, Kazakhstan emulates its European neighbors, undertaking massive construction projects, enjoying a growing economy and adopting the Latin alphabet used by Western nations.

Major Religions:

52 percent of Kazakhs are Sunni Muslims. The next largest group are atheists or non-religious, owing to decades of atheistic Communist rule. 15 percent are Christians, of which less than 1 percent are evangelicals.

Persecutor:

Christians are persecuted by their families and communities. Churches and Christians outside the Russian Orthodox faith are restricted and harassed by the government.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Kazakhstan:

Christian converts are often disowned by their families, publicly shamed and even beaten. All religious activities must be registered with the government, and believers are commonly fined for distributing unauthorized religious texts, discussing faith or holding worship meetings. The government allows more freedom to Russian Orthodox Christians, who make up nearly 15 percent of the population, but they are suspicious of evangelicals who worship in the native Kazakh language. Unregistered churches must meet in private homes. These gatherings are frequently raided and believers fined.

Access To Bibles:

Bibles are available, but distribution is restricted and they are difficult to obtain outside large cities. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM provides Bibles and supports front-line workers in the most difficult areas. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that Christians will be able to minister to those who have lost jobs.
  • Pray for President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the government.
  • Pray that all church members will grow in faith.
  • Pray for the effective use of technology in proclaiming the gospel.
  • Pray for wisdom to spread the Good News at all times.