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
43 56/100
Leader Population
President Nursultan Nazarbayev 17 million (2.5 million Christians)
Main Religion Government
Islam Republic
Source of Persecution Persecution Level
Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism High Persecution

Religious freedom is already restricted by new legislation, and the government is using the threat of militant Islam to restrict more areas of freedom and increase its control over society. Converts to Christianity from a Muslim background bear the brunt of persecution from state, family, friends and community. Churches that are active in evangelism suffer from raids, threats, arrests and fines - especially if a church has not been registered.

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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