The Kazakh are a Central Asian people group with large majorities in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Mongolia, and Russia. There are approximately 5000 Kazakh in Germany.
The Kazakhs were originally a nomadic people group who inhabited felt tents called yurts. These portable tents allowed them to travel from area to area, shepherding with ease. When Kazakhstan became part of the Soviet Union, their society and culture assimilated to the Russian identity. Today, however, they are redeveloping their cultural identity, and most live in urban areas now. Even though, many live in urban areas the main focus of their culture is hospitality.
Kazakhs are the second-largest Muslim people group in Central Asia. Along with their Muslim beliefs, they also combine traditional Kazakh folk religions. This includes animism, ancestor worship, and shamanism.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In Germany, the Union of Free Pentecostal Churches (BFP) is the partner fellowship of the Assemblies of God. They are now the second-largest evangelical fellowship in Germany, numbering 780 churches and 50,000 members. Furthermore, 50 Assemblies of God missionaries and missionary associates are working to plant churches, establish ministries, conduct outreaches, and provide other evangelistic avenues. As the church spreads the gospel throughout Germany, pray churches are planted in Kazakh communities.
To join in reaching the Kazakh’s in Germany visit AGWM Europe.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The greatest solution to bringing spiritual freedom to the lives of the Kazakh people is intercessory prayer. Jumaa Prayer Fellowship is a prayer movement which brings together the hearts of over 60,000 people across the world in intercessory prayer for the Muslim world.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray God reveals himself to the Kazakh people, whether it be through visions, miracles, missionaries, or their Christian neighbors.
- As God continues to use the churches in Germany to propel His message, pray for wisdom and discernment as leaders plan to engage the Kazakh people.
- Pray God sends more workers to take part in outreach and church-planting efforts.
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