Introduction / History There were two waves of Kazakh migration to nine European countries including Belgium. The first group came to Europe after fleeing Chinese oppression in what is now called Xinjiang Province in northwestern China. They first went to India and Pakistan before migrating to Turkey. In the 1960s they migrated once again to the various countries of Europe. The second group is less numerous. They left Kazakhstan in the 1920s because of newly enforced Soviet collectivization policies. At first they moved to Iran and Afghanistan, but eventually migrated to Europe via Turkey.
What are their lives like? Because of their need to preserve their culture and communities, the Kazakhs formed various cultural organizations. These organizations usually have good contacts with one another. They provide a way for them to stay connected with other people from their Turkish-based culture.
What are their beliefs? Kazakhs are Muslim, but mostly Muslim in name only. They were largely secularized during the 70 years they suffered under Soviet Russian control. Those who migrated to Europe were affected by the secular culture. If someone were to ask a Kazakh about their religion, they would probably reply that they are Muslim, though they know little about the basics of their religion.
What are their needs? Even after a couple of decades, Kazakhs feel a strong need to stay connected with their culture, even after migrating to European countries where the culture is far different.
Kazakhs, be they in Europe or Kazakhstan, have spiritual needs that only Jesus can address.
Prayer Points * Pray that the Kazakhs in Belgium will feel the need for a holy, righteous Savior.
* Pray that their cultural associations will be useful for cultivating a church planting movement to all countries where the Kazakh diaspora resides.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among Kazakhs in Belgium.