Republic of Kazakhstan

Statisticskaz2

  • 2.7 million square miles
  • World’s 9th largest country
  • Dominates Central Asia
  • East and west trade routes all pass through Kazakhstan
  • Much of the country is semi-desert
  • Coal and oil in the north / coal in the south

Cities

  • Capital is Astana – 658,000kaz3
  • Almaty – 1.4 million
  • City dwellers – 59%
  • Under 15 years old – 24%
  • Life expectancy – 64.9 years
  • Astana – the capital

Pray For The Kazakh Church

  1.    In 1990 … no believers among the Kazakhs
  2.    In 2010 … 15,000 believers
  3.    To be a Kazakh is to be a Muslim strongly influenced by shamanistic practices (witchcraft)
  4. Training of leaders and believers
  5. Raising a culturally sensitive expression of the faith among Kazakh people
  6. Wisdom as to how to handle increasing persecution
  7. The people being sent out to start churches in other Central Asian countries

Rural homes…kaz4

  • Mountain Living

People Groups

  • 76 different ethnic groups
  • 3.5 million Kazakh spread out around the world
  • Since 1991 many Europeans leaving and Kazakhs are returning
  • Leaving due to discrimination
  • Returning due to increasing economic outlook
  • People Backgrounds
    • Turkic – 63% – includes Kazakh, Uzbek, Tatar, Uyghur, Turkish, Azeri
    • European – 32% – includes Ukrainians, Russian and Belarusian
    • German – 4%
    • Korean and Dungan – 1%

Economy

  • Coal and oil
  • Mineral rich
  • An elite group become rich and the regular people remain poor
  • Average annual income is $8,719 US

Other Statistics

  • Official language – Kazakh
  • Working language – Russian
  • All languages – 43
  • Languages with Scriptures
    • 8 with a complete Bible
    • 2 with the New Testament
    • 4 with a Gospel translated

Politicskaz5

  • Since 1991 – Multiparty “democracy”
  • The only president since separation from Russia in 1991 is  Nursultan Nazarbayev
  • He has an authoritarian rule and elections are recognized as seriously tainted

Religion

  • Communism suppressed all religions and used the Orthodox religion to control the people
  • Today only the traditionally recognized groups can operate freely
  • Because of Muslim agitation the government has passed laws severely limiting all religions
  • The new laws are used to limit, restrict and persecute Christians
  • Religious Groups
    • Muslims – 54%
    • Non-Religious – 34%
    • Christian – 12%
    • Evangelicals – 0.7% of the Christian total
    • Charismatics – 0.3% of the Christian total
    • Orthodox – 99% of the Christian total
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