Central Asia

Central Asia is home to a wide diversity of cultures and lifestyles. Fast-growing cities are filled with high rise apartments, luxurious shopping malls, expanding universities, and bustling tourist attractions. Outside these cities, smaller rural towns depend on farming and animal raising for their livelihood. Further still in the deserts and high mountains, nomadic shepherds follow ancient migration routes, sheltering in portable tents called yurts. Uniting these vastly different experiences is a strong culture of hospitality. Travelers are readily invited into homes and given delicious meat kebabs called shashlik and traditional rice and meat dishes such as plov.

The physical landscape of Central Asia provides a vivid reminder of the deep historical heritage in this region. Prehistorical petroglyphs in Tamgaly, Kazakhstan preserve the memory of the ancient peoples that have travelled these lands for millennia. Historical sites in Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbekistan celebrate the cities as important stops along the Silk Road. The various shrines, mausoleums, and other artifacts commemorate the noteworthy historical figures such as khans, sultans, warriors, imams, elders, and zhyraus who deeply shaped the people and culture. Central Asians are proud of their rich heritage and maintain strong connections to their history.

Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God's good news, we believe that He has called us to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in communities where He is least known.  This compels us to work until the Good News of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed in every quickly-developing city and remote mountain village.  

Ministry vision

We have adopted a dynamic and flexible approach that mobilizes workers to support local churches and work alongside like-minded organisations to further God’s work that is already happening. Initially, we will seek to send professionals to serve in business endeavors, educational initiatives, medicine, and ministry to people with disabilities. We are committed to sending long-term workers who are invested in language acquisition and developing lasting relationships. One of our top priorities is cultivating humility among our team members so they can sensitively serve alongside local believers. Lastly, it is our vision to send workers to all parts of Central Asia, especially to the remote and isolated villages in the harsh desert and mountain climates, so that all people might hear the gospel.

Central Asia

Central Asia is home to a wide diversity of cultures and lifestyles. Fast-growing cities are filled with high rise apartments, luxurious shopping malls, expanding universities, and bustling tourist attractions. Outside these cities, smaller rural towns depend on farming and animal raising for their livelihood. Further still in the deserts and high mountains, nomadic shepherds follow ancient migration routes, sheltering in portable tents called yurts. Uniting these vastly different experiences is a strong culture of hospitality. Travelers are readily invited into homes and given delicious meat kebabs called shashlik and traditional rice and meat dishes such as plov.

The physical landscape of Central Asia provides a vivid reminder of the deep historical heritage in this region. Prehistorical petroglyphs in Tamgaly, Kazakhstan preserve the memory of the ancient peoples that have travelled these lands for millennia. Historical sites in Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbekistan celebrate the cities as important stops along the Silk Road. The various shrines, mausoleums, and other artifacts commemorate the noteworthy historical figures such as khans, sultans, warriors, imams, elders, and zhyraus who deeply shaped the people and culture. Central Asians are proud of their rich heritage and maintain strong connections to their history.

Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God's good news, we believe that He has called us to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in communities where He is least known.  This compels us to work until the Good News of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed in every quickly-developing city and remote mountain village.  

Ministry vision

We have adopted a dynamic and flexible approach that mobilizes workers to support local churches and work alongside like-minded organisations to further God’s work that is already happening. Initially, we will seek to send professionals to serve in business endeavors, educational initiatives, medicine, and ministry to people with disabilities. We are committed to sending long-term workers who are invested in language acquisition and developing lasting relationships. One of our top priorities is cultivating humility among our team members so they can sensitively serve alongside local believers. Lastly, it is our vision to send workers to all parts of Central Asia, especially to the remote and isolated villages in the harsh desert and mountain climates, so that all people might hear the gospel.

Communities where He is least known

We are focusing on four Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. There is a great need to pray for the major ethnic groups of Central Asia because there is very little Christian witness among them, but also smaller ethnic groups that could be forgotten or overlooked.  Please consider joining us in prayer for the many peoples of Central Asia.

Majorities: 

• Uzbeks

• Kazkhs  

• Tajiks   

• Kyrgyz 

• Turkmen

Minorities: 

• Kyrgyz Pamirians  

• Uyghurs in Central Asia 

• Pamirians  

• Karakalpaks  

• Altais 

• Luli (The Gypsies)

Prayers

1

Pray to the Lord of Harvest to send workers to Central Asia who are humble, teachable and love God and people.

 

2

Pray for relationships with local leaders as we explore suitable opportunities to serve with them.

3

Pray for disciple-making efforts among Muslim background believers. 

4

Pray that new believers grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Pray especially for those believers who live alone in Muslim communities without the access to the church.

5

Pray that Central Asian Christians would continue to take the Gospel to other parts of the world.

6

Pray for theological resources to become accessible to local leaders and congregations.