There were two laws passed in September 2011 that further restricted religious rights, as they required the re- registration of all religious communities. The laws were targeting extremist Islamic groups but unregistered Christian churches were greatly affected too. These new laws mean that religious materials face censorship, new places of worship need government approval and working with young people will become more difficult.
Father, we acknowledge you as Lord over this nation. Your heart is for the Kazakh people. Your sacrifice on the cross was enough to pay their debt. We ask that you would strengthen, refresh, encourage and build up your church in this nation. Thank you for those that have followed you for many years despite persecution or being alienated. Thank you for those that are just now seeking who this Jesus is. Thank you for the many resources that are available and thank you for those reaching out to the poor and broken. We pray you will draw more Kazakhs to yourself. We pray for the churches affected by these new laws, bless their leaders and give them wisdom in how to move forward as you lead. We pray for the government of Kazakhstan that they would not be threatened by your church but would be blessed by the body of Christ. We pray that those in leadership would encounter Jesus in a powerful way. We exalt the name of Jesus over Kazakhstan. In Jesus name, amen.