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Kazakhstan

Republic of Kazakhstan

Asia

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Geography

Area: 2,717,300 sq km

World’s ninth-largest country. Dominating Central Asia and trade routes between east and west. Much of the country is semi-desert.

Population: 15,753,460    Annual Growth: 0.73%

Capital: Astana

Urbanites: 58.5%

HDI Rank: 82 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 76 (54% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: Kazakh    Languages: 43 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians1,914,04512.15-1.5
Evangelicals104,5110.73.5
Muslim8,456,45753.68 

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

The Kazakh Church continues to grow in number and stature. From virtually no Kazakh believers in 1990, there were about 15,000 in 2010! They meet in over 100 Kazakh-speaking congregations. Two-thirds of the country’s raions (districts) have a Christian witness. Pray for further growth (the growth rate is slowing) and maturation. Kazakhs are taking on greater leadership in churches and reaching out cross-culturally in significant numbers.

Challenge for Prayer

The revival of Kazakh identity. The government’s deliberate policy on this issue sees a notable increase in both the use of the Kazakh language and a renaissance of Kazakh traditional culture. Despite having a very diverse population, social cohesion is quite good – pray for continued stability. Pray also that a healthy appreciation of cultural minorities might strengthen and not undermine the nation.

     For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Kazakhstan.