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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.

Missions Gallery
Central Asia

Central Asia :: A young Uzbek woman.  Photo by Kathryn Berry
Central Asia :: In this Central Asian country it is illegal to have Christian meetings in the national language, the Bible is restricted and known Christians are monitored. This makes sharing about Jesus difficult, and as a result, many people have not heard the good news.
Central Asia :: Young prostitutes in Central Asia
Central Asia :: Kazakhstan :: A landscape shot taken of the snowy mountains.
Central Asia :: Young Uzbek dressed for her wedding
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

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Central Asia

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Recent Mission Opportunities
Central Asia

Personnel Coordinator new!
  • Assist the Executive Director in Expatriate Personnel matters.
  • Oversee the recruitment, placement and orientation of expatriate personnel.
  • Maintain adequate staffing levels to...
Start Date: As soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 2-3 years
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Country Director - Relief and Development new!

Entrepreneur initiative, courage and sage wisdom - sound like you?
Our partner agency is looking for a country director to oversee...

Start Date: September 2015
· Commitment Length: +3 years
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Interim Finance Director, short term new!

Interim position for five to six months to cover for the long term Finance Director while on leave.

Start Date: February 2016
· Commitment Length: 6-12 months
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