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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

World Watch List Rank 35
World Watch List Score 64/100
Leader President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev 
Population 18.6 million I 4,836,000
Main Religion Islam
Government Authoritarian Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2019 34
Persecution Level 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.

PRAY 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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