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Country Profile: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, a mountainous country in Central Asia, shares a folk Islam and Russian Orthodox heritage. Kazakhstan covers a vast area of steppe with a population of only 16 million, of which 60% are ethnic Kazakhs, a Turkic people group who used to be animist nomads. They often have only a superficial commitment to Islam and live side by side with many Russians and a small minority of Uighurs. The country is enjoying an economic boom thanks to the huge reserves of oil being exploited by western companies.

Folk Islam predominates in Kazakhstan. There are more than 10,000 Kazakh believers and twenty official fellowships. However, church growth has slowed down since 2000 and Christian witness is largely limited to larger towns. Currently the government is tolerant of evangelical Christians although proposed new laws, tightening the requirements for churches, may limit freedoms in the future.

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Central Asia

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Central Asia :: A carpet made from cat pelts
Central Asia :: Butterflies on a mountain plateau
Central Asia :: Health project nurses
Central Asia :: Hot, freshly baked Tajik bread
Central Asia :: Lady baking bread in Tajikistan
Central Asia :: Man carrying hay. In summer many people go to the mountains to collect hay for the winter.
Central Asia :: Man creating a video about a development project
Central Asia :: Man filming for a video about a development project
Central Asia :: Modern Kazakh city
Central Asia :: Nav Ruz queen, dressed in traditional clothes for the spring festival
Central Asia :: Old man walking in the village

Recent Stories
Central Asia

God's business

Running a business in Central Asia with godly principles isn't easy, but God brings one couple faithfully through what could...

Wishing on a mountain iris

Workers in Tajikistan long for the people of the country to replace superstition with trust in their Saviour.

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

A worker in Kazakhstan notes the impact of the gospel on the Kazakh language.

A message of forgiveness

The 2012 movie of 'Les Miserable' provides an opportunity in Kazakhstan to discuss faith, forgiveness and obedience.

Winning respect, sharing hope

Fierce competition on the football field opens doors for sharing hope with non-believers on both sides of prison walls.

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Recent Mission Opportunities
Central Asia

University Outreach New!

Study Russian or one of the Turkic languages at a university in Central Asia. Living and learning alongside local students,...

Start Date: as soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 1-2 years
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Sports Ministry Manager and Trainer New!

Come and pioneer a sports ministry!  This is an exciting opportunity to develop a new program based on methods used...

Start Date: as soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 2-3 years
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Agriculture specialist New!

Imagine this: Two parents from a village in Central Asia are talking. “Will our children have enough food this winter?”...

Start Date: as soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 2-3 years
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