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%
Official language: Kazakh Languages: 43 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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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 countrys 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.
The revival of Kazakh identity. The governments 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.
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