Day 25

AUGUST | 2021

Kazakhstan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

For the last three years, authorities have cracked down on opposition and anyone deemed to be criticizing the government using the very vague extremism laws. Pray for protection over churches, pastors, and other Christian leaders who often come under scrutiny from the authorities. Together we raise up a battle cry for Kazakhstan and remember the story of Joshua: “When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” We pray with holy faith that satan’s grip over this nation will come crashing down, and the Church will arise (The Bible, Joshua 6:5).

Source: Crackdown on Government Critics (HRW)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

A large country the size of Western Europe, Kazakhstan is the world’s leading uranium producer and the economic leader of Central Asia. Soviet-era nuclear testing and toxic waste dumping plagues the nation as well as elevating drug addiction levels and HIV/Aids rates. Islam had a resurgence after the Soviet era, but more legal restrictions are being imposed on all religious groups. Unregistered Protestant churches and their Believers suffer the most persecution. Political instability and infighting between the ruling party and opposition groups has been the mark of the last two years.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Karim Massimov
POPULATION
18,157,000
CHRISTIANS
21.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
34
REFUGEES
7,764
LIFE EXPECTANCY
70.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
5.3%