The large majority of Kyrgyz people in the world live in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. Smaller populations live in China, Russian, Tajikistan and at least six other countries. Although they are related to Kazakh and other Turkic peoples of the region, the Kyrgyz look like Mongols. More than any other Central Asian people, the Kyrgyz have clung to their traditional way of life as nomadic herders. They have also maintained their tribal organization even in Western countries.
The name "Kyrgyz" means "the descendants of forty maidens." The Kyrgyzstan flag has forty sun rays to represent the Kyrgyz heritage.
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1990, some Kyrgyz migrated to the USA in search of a better life.
A complete Bible and the JESUS Film are available in the Kyrgyz language.
When a Kyrgyz family comes to the USA, they must make huge changes. Their old employment as animal herders and traders is not needed in a modern, industrial nation like the USA. Kyrgyz must learn English and enroll their children in school. The adults often must take menial jobs like driving taxis and working in restaurants and in sanitation while their English skills improve. The dream of Kyrgyz parents is for their children to graduate from universities and enter professional careers in medicine, science, administration, finance, and education.
Women are held in high esteem once they are married and have children, especially sons. In their homeland men can have up to four wives if he can afford them. In the USA, only one wife is legal. After a few years, Kyrgyz young people become much as other American youth. They speak English fluently and adopt American culture. In Kyrgyzstan people tend to marry within their group. In the USA young people frequently marry outside of their people group.
Music, dance and storytelling are important parts of the Kyrgyz culture. The Kyrgyz have the longest oral epic in the word entitled "Manas." It contains 100,000 lines of verse. Folk tales are often sung, accompanied by a three-stringed guitar called a dombra. Kyrgyz parents want their children to continue to celebrate their culture and Muslim holidays.
Another ministry obstacle is their long-held allegiance to Islam and their belief in black magic.
Today, almost all Kyrgyz still consider themselves to be Muslim; however, some shamanistic and Tengrism practices still exist in their homeland. Shamanism is the belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons and ancestral spirits. Tengrism is a belief system in which the sky god Tengri rules over nature. Almost all Kyrgyz believers have to go through a breaking of demonic powers over their lives once they decide to follow Christ.
After seven decades of atheistic teaching in the Soviet Union, some Kyrgyz are secular and are Muslim in name only.
If a Kyrgyz becomes a Christian, his neighbors and family frequently see this as a betrayal to his identity and family unity.
Newly arrived Kyrgyz must find a place to stay and find employment. They need help in learning English. Most of all the Kyrgyz need to hear the good news about Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.
Pray that local Kyrgyz believers would be discipled and mobilized to reach even more of their own people.
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into Kyrgyzstan and to Kyrgyz people in the USA
Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong church planting movement among the Kyrgyz in the USA and in Kyrgyzstan.
Scripture Prayers for the Kyrgyz in United States.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kyrgyz|
|People Name in Country||Kyrgyz|
|Alternate Names||Kara; Ke'erkezi; Kirghiz; Kirgiz; Kur-guhz; कयरग्ज़|
|Population this Country||17,000|
|Population all Countries||5,957,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
Primary Language: Kyrgyz
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1991-2005)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||Story Runners|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Kyrgyz||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Rivka video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Kyrgyz||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Kyrgyz||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Comic Book Version||Super Bible / Comic Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||IBT, Russia - resources||Institute for Bible Translation - Russia|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|