Pray for: Kazakhstan

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Nur-Sultan
Population: 18,994,958
% Urban: 57.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 28.9 %
Official Language: Kazakh
Languages: 43
Literacy Rate: 99 %
HDI Ranking: 51 / 189
% Christian: 12.2 %
% Evangelical: 0.7 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 53.7 %
People Groups: 66
Least Reached People Groups: 36
% Unevangelized: 32 %
Persecution Ranking: 41 / 50

Kazakhstan

Title: Kazakhstan

Tier: 1

Type: country

An economic boom from the abundant natural resources brought transformation to Kazakhstan. The government invests in some public works, but much of the wealth makes a few people incredibly rich while most remain poor. Pray that the government will act on behalf of all its citizens. Pray for protection against the corruption and material greed that comes with such wealth.

Kazakhstan

Title: Kazakhstan

Tier: 1

Type: country

Some people say that “to be a Kazakh is to be a Muslim”. Most Kazakh follow a version of Islam strongly influenced by shamans and indigenous practices. Other Muslim countries invest huge amounts of money to send Muslim missionaries to Kazakhstan. They successfully convert even some ethnic Russians to Islam. After the Soviet Union broke up, the number of mosques grew from 46 (1989) to 2300 (2020)! The government works to keep Islam moderate, and Kazakhstan is the only Central Asian state where Islam is not accorded special status. Pray for freedom from historic spiritual bondages.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.