Kazakhstan is a huge country in Central Asia — the ninth-largest nation in the world in terms of land mass. In fact, Kazakhstan is roughly the same size as all of Western Europe. Populated by 15.6 million people, Kazakhstan has undergone quite a demographic shift since the Soviet collapse. The country used to be almost equally split between ethnic Kazakhs and Russians, but many ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and Germans have emigrated out, leaving the country largely dominated by ethnic (and largely Muslim) Kazakhs.
Kazakhstan formerly enjoyed a significant amount of religious freedom immediately after the Soviet collapse, but the government has increased pressure on evangelical churches due in part to the strength of Islam. SGA partners have significantly helped evangelical churches in Kazakhstan through a variety of ministries, including support of the Almaty Bible Institute. We also support children’s ministries such as Immanuel’s Child, Orphans Reborn, summer camps and national church-planting missionaries. For more demographic information on Kazakhstan, click here.