Worldwide Wednesday: K Pray for Kazakhstan
I am praying for you.
Ephesians 1:18 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”
Republic of Kazakhstan
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%
Peoples: 76 (54% unreached)
Official language: Kazakh Languages: 43 All languages
Challenges for Prayer
The expatriate Christian community is very diverse. Many speak Kazakh and are committed to long-term work in Kazakhstan. Russians, Americans, Koreans, Germans and many other nationalities all enrich the ministry in their own way. Pray for humility as they serve the indigenous Church. Thank God for the coordinating work of the Kazakh Partnership. There are many needs – reaching the unreached, training, discipling, tentmaking as well as business-as-mission and work focused on material needs. The government can be suspicious of and hostile to the presence of missionaries – pray for the doors to remain open to minister. The threat of intimidation, expulsion and even violence exists, even if it is not common.
Christian mercy ministries. There is widespread dysfunction and brokenness in many Kazakh families. Alcoholism and drug addiction are widespread; heroin is as easy to obtain as alcohol. Family breakdown and widespread corruption exacerbate the suffering of many. Pray for Christians to have a powerful transforming effect on society as they demonstrate Christ’s love. There are increasing numbers of ministries focusing on these needs. One of the most remarkable is Mission Agape, a live-in programme where addicts are discipled and trained – over 100 have become missionaries and church planters.
Ephesians 6:18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Young Kazakhs Actively Seeking Religion
October 18, 2016
“Almost 90 percent of the leaders of Kazakhstan youth consider themselves believers, with 86 percent of them professing Islam,” according to a survey conducted by sociologist Madina Nurgaliyeva, and leading her to warn that “religiosity among young Kazakhs is at a critically high level.” She also added, “half of those who list themselves as believers are active, that is, people who visit the mosque or a church, and regularly take part in Friday prayers” etc.
The young Kazakhs say they are increasingly put off by the secular state and increasingly attracted by information on religion on the Internet, and in some regions, various religious groups are actively recruiting young people.
“For residents of the western [portions of Kazakhstan],” she writes, “it has become customary to see people on the streets whose visages clearly reflect their religious attachments, things like beards and hijabs. For the local population, this is customary; but for visitors from elsewhere, it is shocking.” One consequence of this is that inter-religious conflicts are now more common than inter-ethnic ones, something that many in that country are worried about, leading them to ask the government to adopt a harder line against religion.
Prayer Points for Kazakhstan
* Praise God for the growing number of Kazakh Christians. Pray that they would learn the Word of God quickly.
* Pray that there would be fresh leadership training materials prepared in the Kazakh language for pastors.
* Pray for salvation for heads of families as the Gospel is clearly presented to them.
* Ask the Lord to send long term laborers to live among the Kazak and share the love of Christ with them.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the Kazak towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to encourage and protect the small number of Muslim Kazak who have converted to Christianity.
* Pray that these converts will begin to boldly share the Gospel with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Kazak.
Thank you for joining me to pray for the people of Kazakhstan!
Kazakh Eagle Hunters still use the same methods they’ve depended on for hundreds of years. Let’s show God’s love through the ancient practice of praying for those who still need to hear of the God of Abraham, Jacob and Jesus who came so He could spend eternity with them.