I am in flight to the nation of Kazakhstan. I have been a number of times to this great nation of few people and I am looking forward to my two weeks among these wonderful people. As you read this I will be in the air flying from Frankfurt, Germany to Almaty, Kazakhstan and will arrive at midnight Saturday local time (noon on Saturday local time in central Canada) as Kazakhstan is 12 hours ahead of western Canada.
Kazakhstan, or officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country situated in Central Asia and, according to the Council of Europe, Eastern Europe. Ranked as the ninth largest country in the world as well as the world’s largest landlocked country, it has a territory of 2,727,300 km? (greater than Western Europe). It is bordered by Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China. The country also borders on a significant part of the Caspian Sea.
Vast in size, the land in Kazakhstan is very diverse in types of terrain: flatlands, steppes, taigas, rock-canyons, hills, deltas, mountains, snow-capped mountains and deserts. Kazakhstan has the 62nd largest population in the world, with a population density of less than 6 people per square kilometre (15 per sq. mi.).
This trip we are planning a day of sightseeing. So, I hope to see parts of the rural areas that I have not been to before. More on this when it happens. The picture is of a tower in the city of Almaty where I am ministering.
For your prayers: The first set of meetings in the town of Burundai with both a local church (return visit) but especially with a local rehab center filled with men being set free by the Holy Spirit from drugs and alcohol. A lot of our work this time will be with rehab centers and those being set free. This is a new rehab center for this ministry and our first time ministering to those involved in the recovery program.
The Republic of Kazakhstan attaches fairly great importance to the development of present-day infrastructure including tourism.
Accordingly, there have been signed Agreements on co-operation in the field of tourism with Turkey, Iran, Xinjang Uigur Autonomous Area of China, Moldova, Hungary, the State of Israel, Kyrghyzstan and Egypt. The body that accomplishes state management in the field of tourism in the Republic of Kazakhstan is the Committee for Regulation of Trade and Tourist Activity of the Ministry for Industry and Trade of Kazakhstan. Administration is carried out through certain departments of the executive bodies of power, state-owned tourism representations in other countries.