There are 4.9 million Christians in Kazakhstan; they make up a quarter of the total population.
There is no freedom of worship in Kazakhstan. The government has steadily increased its control over religious expression in the country, which means increased surveillance, raids on church meetings and arrests.
Kazakh Christians from a Muslim background bear the worst persecution, both at the hands of the state and from family, friends and community. Some converts are locked up by their families for long periods, beaten and potentially expelled from their communities. This persecution is more intense in rural areas.
“If I leave, who will tell them about Isa [Jesus]? How can they learn about Him if not through me? The more brutally they beat me, the more I saw their need for loving Isa Massih.” Khan
The Russian Orthodox Church suffers very little at the hands of the government, but this is because they do not try to openly evangelise to the Kazakh people.
Many believers from Muslim backgrounds have to keep their faith a secret. If discovered, Christian men face verbal and physical abuse, rejection and loss of their inheritance. For women who convert, they are more likely to face house arrest or even abduction and forced marriage.
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Kazakhstan. Your gifts and prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
Open Doors strengthens the persecuted church in Central Asia primarily through initiatives that include literature distribution, Christian training, socio-economic projects and prayer support.
Open Doors strengthens persecuted Christians in Central Asia by providing Bibles and Christian literature, training, socio-economic projects and practical aid.
Dear Lord, we ask You to pour out Your Holy Spirit anew upon Your people in Kazakhstan. Bless and strengthen those who follow Jesus despite the risk. Make Your face known to believers and unbelievers alike. Help those who are living under constant pressure; let them feel the peace only You can bring. In the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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