The Kazakh are a Turkic people group who live primarily in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Ukraine, and Russia. There are over 10 million Kazakh in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh people formed their ethnic identity when several clans formed a federation for protection in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In the nineteenth century, they became a territory of Russia until the fall of the Soviet Union. Many of the Kazakh are nomadic shepherds who live in felt tents. Most Kazakhs are Muslim mixed with folk animistic religions. They make up the second largest Muslim people group in Central Asia.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Kazakhstan has the highest levels of drug use among youth in Central Asia. Global Teen Challenge was recognized by the Kazakhstan government years ago for their work in reaching drug addicts and helping them turn their lives around.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
E.M. Bounds said, “Ask of me is the one condition God puts in the very advance and triumph of His cause.”
Eurasia Community encourages believers to pray persistently for Eurasia countries in order to advance God’s purpose in Eurasia. Pray4Kazakhstan is the specific prayer community for Kazakhstan, and their website includes prayer focuses, news updates, and other media resources. Consider joining a Eurasia prayer community and join the effort in bringing the gospel to Eurasia.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray God will open doors for workers to minister in Kazakhstan.
- Pray for organizations like Teen Challenge, that God may use compassion ministries like Teen Challenge to reach the people of Kazakhstan.
- Pray for the few churches there are, that God will give them strength and encouragement.
- Pray for spiritual awakening in the lives of the Kazakh.
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