Kazakhstan
Republic of Kazakhstan
July 14-15
Asia
Factbook

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4 Unreached minorities

5 While the Christian population decreased during the 1990s, there has been a significant growth of interest from non-Eurasians as well as indigenous peoples

a) Coping with the mass exodus of emigrating Christians

b) A desperate need for young, trained leadership

c) Preaching of sound doctrine, holy living, and missions vision

d) Flexibility to adapt from the days of persecution and German-Russian cultural Christianity, the latter inappropriate for today's young people and Kazakhstan's culture

6 The expatriate Christian community has been transformed from a patchwork of mostly short-term Anglo- and Russophones to a diverse but unified partnership, many of whom speak Kazakh and are committed long-term

7 Christian media ministries for prayer:

a) Literature

b) Bible

c) The JESUS film is available in Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, Uighur and several other languages

d) Radio

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Politics

Declared independence after collapse of the USSR in 1991.

Religion

Under Communism all religion was suppressed.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Muslim 60.50 9,814,651 +1.6%
Christian 24.66 4,000,484 -0.8%
non-Religious/other 14.27 2,314,960 -6.1%
Buddhist 0.50 81,113 -0.3%
Jewish 0.04 6,489 -8.1%
Shamanist 0.03 4,867 -0.3%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 21 0.83 135 +4.1%
Independent 4 0.01 2 +14.9%
Catholic 2 0.33 53 -1.9%
Orthodox 4 7.59 1,232 -3.0%
Marginal 1 0.20 33 +3.6%
Unaffiliated   15.70 2,545 n.a.

Churches in Kazakhstan


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Geography


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Area 2,717,300 sq.km. Dominating Central Asia and trade routes between east and west.

Population (2000) 16,222,563 -0.35%AGR

Capital Astana 300,000.

Peoples

Turkic/Altaic 60.4%; Indo-European 38.4%; All others 1.2%.

Literacy 97.5%. Official language Kazakh. All languages 6. Languages with Scriptures 2Bi 2NT 2por 1w.i.p.

Economy

Enormous oil and mineral reserves, large grain producer. HDI 0.740; 76th/174. Public debt 132% of GNP. Income/person $1,350 (4.3 % of USA).

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