The Central Asia country of Kyrgyzstan became a democracy after unrest in 2010, but the political situation is not secure. To be Kyrgyz is to be Muslim, but the government is cracking down on religious expression as hardline Islamists are seeking to infiltrate the country. Most Christians are Orthodox believers from the Russian or Ukrainian minorities. Pray for openings for the gospel and for freedom to preach Christ crucified.
A central Asian state, Kyrgyzstan is nestled in the Tien Shan mountain range, bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The country boasts great ethnic diversity which includes Turkics, Europeans, and East Asians. The poor, agricultural economy is stymied by its mountainous, landlocked location.
Kyrgyzstan is primarily a Muslim state with 89% of the population declaring themselves followers of Mohammed. New laws limit freedoms of speech and religion as well as other Christian activities. The Church grew greatly in the days after Communism, but progress has now slowed and there is a need for passion and fire in stagnant churches. Believers need wisdom in reaching out to Muslims and the Orthodox who are resistant to proselytism, and the increasing gap between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox must be closed for effective Christian witness to orient change. Kyrgyz cultural identity is so tightly associated with Islam that accepting Christ can be a difficult decision.
May the Lord of the impossible draw the people of Kyrgyzstan to a future hope that transforms lives for the Kingdom in the present. (Prayercast)
• Pray for people to find true hope in Jesus rather than from a secular government.
• Pray for the small Church to mature in faith and stand strong against evil.
• Pray for courage for cultural Muslims who are open to Jesus but frightened by potential persecution.