KAZAKHSTAN

Persecution is mainly caused by a repressive government seeking to control all areas of life

Kazakhstan

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
34 63/100
Leader Population
President Nursultan Nazarbayev 18.4 million | 4.5 million Christians
Main Religion Government
Islam Authoritarian Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2018 Persecution Level
28 Very High Persecution

It is believed that “to be a Kazakh is to be a Muslim”. No religious activities outside of state-run institutions are allowed. Converting to Christianity is seen as a betrayal and some converts are locked up by their families, beaten and expelled from their communities. Unregistered churches are illegal and even registered churches are under surveillance. Sometimes churches have their Christian materials confiscated. Believers are also suspected to be working against the Kazakh state.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are placed in prison, excluded them from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia through:

  • Literature distribution
  • Training (biblical training, children/youth training, advocacy and awareness training, vocational training)
  • Women's ministry
  • Income-generating projects
  • Relief ministry.

PRAYER POINTS FOR KAZAKHSTAN

  • For those who are beaten and imprisoned for leaving Islam and turning to Christ
  • For God to give His peace and rest to Christian leaders under surveillance
  • Ask God to change the hearts of government authorities who seek to suppress or eradicate Christianity.
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