PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray that Kazakhstan will continue to aggressively combat terrorism and extremism locally.
     
  • Pray that members of terrorist organizations Hizb’ut Tahrir, the East Turkistan Liberation Organization and Aum Shinrikyo will be caught and properly dealt with for their continued violence against innocent people. (Mark 4:22)
     
  • Pray that the influence of Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban and other terrorist organizations will not spread to Kazakhstan. (2 Timothy 2:24–26)
     
  • Thank God that only several years ago there were hardly any Christians in Kazakhstan, but now there are more than 6,000 in over 40 congregations. Pray that the Church will continue to grow among young people.
     
  • In 2000, more than 20,000 Christians from across Central Asia gathered in Kazakhstan for a prayer event held in a stadium. Pray for continued blessing and unity for all those who were there.

     

Find ministries and organizations working in Kazakhstan at Joshua Project | Kazakhstan.



 

FACTS
Population: 16,353,000
Total People Groups: 74
Unreached People Groups:36
Region: Central Asia
Official National Language: Kazakh
Secondary National Language: Russian
Religions: Islam 50.1%, Non-Religious 27.9%, Christianity 21.8%, Buddhism 0.2%, Ethnic Religions 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 45
Percentage of People in Poverty:  19%

LOCATION
Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country that stretches over a vast expanse of northern and central Eurasia. Ranked the ninth largest country in the world, it is bordered by Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China. The country also borders on a significant part of Caspian Sea. Although it is vast in size, much of the land consists of semi-desert terrain.

RELIGION
Muslims comprise 60.5% of Kazakhstan’s population, while Christians make up 24.7%

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
On October 23, 2006, the Ust-Kamenogorsk city administrative court convicted a foreign citizen of violating the terms of his business visa for giving a lecture at a legally registered Protestant church. The foreign citizen was an administrator at a local university and had attended the church for many years. The court imposed the equivalent of $322 fine and ordered his deportation. On November 14, 2006, the appeals court upheld the fine but eliminated the deportation penalty, contingent on the defendant leaving the country voluntarily. According to media reports, migration officials in the city of Kyzylorda refused to extend the visa of South Korean pastor Kim U Sob after he was convicted in June 2006 of conducting missionary work without registration. Sob was charged after police raided the home of a church member that he was visiting outside the city limits of Kyzylorda. Sob was forced to leave the country on November 14, 2006.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors