|Sources of Persecution||Dictatorial Paranoia|
|Government||Authoritarian Presidential Republic|
|Leader||President Nursultan Nazarbayev|
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.
“I will be eternally grateful to everyone who prayed for us! It is amazing to realise how a small card like this can bring such hope and encouragement to me from so far away.” – Alfia, from Kazakhstan.
Alfia was a recipient of an Open Doors’ writing campaign. Her husband was imprisoned for his faith in Jesus.
Open Doors works to strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia by providing biblical training, women and children’s ministry, job skills training and other socio-economic development projects.
Pray that Christians will be bold in sharing their faith with Muslims.
Pray that the state will see Christians as a blessing to Kazakhstan and not a threat.