Almaty, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth largest country. There is a relative amount of religious freedom, but every individual member of a church or mosque must register with the government.

It is a privilege to come alongside these brothers and sisters as they advance God’s kingdom. The possibilities are limitless even in the midst of apparent shrinking opportunity. Our kingdom adventure for this year is June 20-29.  Our every intention is to return in 2014, God willing. Our God has allowed us to establish a presence in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, located less than a hundred miles from China.  We have a bond there with some vibrant and courageous Christ-followers.  We are limited in discussing much about whom they are or what they do because they minister to believers in the surrounding countries where the governments are severely antagonistic to Christianity.

  • Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country. Officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, it is a transcontinental country, bordering both Central Asia and Europe. It is neighbored clockwise from the north by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and also borders on a significant part of the Caspian Sea.
  • The Russians began advancing into the region in the 18th century, and by the mid-19th century all of Kazakhstan was part of the Russian Empire. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, the territory of Kazakhstan was reorganized into the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic in 1936, a part of the USSR. Kazakhstan declared itself an independent country on December 16, 1991, the last Soviet republic to do so.
  • There are roughly 16-million people living in Kazakhstan, with Kazakh being the official language, although Russian is still commonly used for everyday communication.
  • Islam (70%) is the primary religion in Kazakhstan, followed by Orthodox Christianity.