"..Kazakhstan's economy is larger than those of all the other Central Asian states combined, largely due to the country's vast natural resources and a recent history of political stability. Current issues include: developing a cohesive national identity; expanding the development of the country's vast energy resources and exporting them to world markets; achieving a sustainable economic growth; diversifying the economy outside the oil, gas, and mining sectors; enhancing Kazakhstan's competitiveness; and strengthening relations with neighboring states and other foreign powers..."
" ― Agape Evangelical Center is Kazakhstan is having an incredible impact. The center has grown from just a handful of believers in 1991 to one of the largest indigenous ministries in Central Asia.
This growth is happening while the government is forcing churches to register. Some house churches who have failed to register have been confiscated by the government.
However, Agape is doing everything it can to preach Christ where people live. They're providing local mercy outreaches to the poor, prisoners, elderly and orphans. A Bible college is providing training for church planters and missionaries. They've helped plant 60 satellite churches in other parts of the region, including China. And through an effective Drug Rehabilitation Center, they're providing help to nearly 100 people who are being set free from the bondage of drugs.
The Bridge International supports the work of Yuri Shumayev, who oversees the 1,000 plus member church.
The Bridge is helping to financially support some of the Agape workers, the Bible College, missionaries and drug rehab center. They're also providing assistance to a pastor who's reaching out to Muslims and native Kazakhs and Russians in Almaty. And, they're helping a young Karate professional-turned-pastor who's doing an effective work among the Kazakh people in Karaganda.
If you'd like to assist Bridge International's work, click here. "
"Borat Trailer "
Building a Yurt
"..Construction of a yurt (tent-like structure) in Kazakhstan. I believe this was being put up for a wedding celebration..."
History "..The indigenous Kazakhs were a nomadic Turkic people who belonged to several divisions of Kazakh hordes. They grouped together in settlements and lived in dome-shaped tents made of felt called yurts. Their tribes migrated seasonally to find pastures for their herds of sheep, horses, and goats. Although they had chiefs, the Kazakhs were rarely united as a single nation under one great leader. Their tribes fell under Mongol rule in the 13th century and they were dominated by Tartar khanates until the area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century...."
"...is a country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Ranked as the ninth largest country in the world as well as the world's largest landlocked country,...
Kazakhstan declared itself an independent country on December 16, 1991, the last Soviet republic to do so. Its communist-era leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, became the country's new president..."
Kazakhstan Mission trip 2008
"The Hanna Project spreads the gospel through the building of 3 playgrounds in strategic locations in Saran, Kazakhstan...."
"....And Borat? Those few Kazakhs who are aware of him are mainly from better-off families who can watch MTV (where Borat infamously hosted the 2005 Europe Music Awards). Many people here realise that Sacha Baron Cohen's target, through Borat, is not really Kazakhstan but prejudice wherever it occurs, and may feel that their government's steps to counter Borat (such as revoking Cohen's right to use the .kz website domain) have been unnecessary. But few feel that his insults to their country can be ignored indefinitely.
In the end, the guy maybe doing the country a favour. After all, millions who had never heard of Kazakhstan now have a notion of it that can only get better.."