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|People Name:||Uzbek, Southern|
|Primary Language:||Uzbek, Southern|
|Christian Adherents:||0.40 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|Affinity Bloc:||Turkic Peoples|
The Uzbeks are a Central Asian people who speak a Turkic based language. About half of the Uzbeks who live in the US live in New York City. They are few in number, and they started to arrive when the Soviet Union began to fall in 1990. There is a complicated "lottery" system for people from Uzbekistan and other countries that are largely not represented in the US.
The vast majority of Uzbeks come because of the repressive government in Uzbekistan and because they want to earn a better living. They earn far more than they did in Uzbekistan, though most work in modest jobs like driving cabs. A few have made it as models, actresses, athletes, etc.
Because of 70 years of Communist influence, the Muslim Uzbeks are largely secular. They may or may not be familiar with the teachings of Islam. Those who are serious about Islam are looked upon with suspicion by the Uzbek government, and also by many in the general population. Those with a spiritual mindset are suspect, so anyone taking Christ to the Uzbeks would need to make it clear that it is about the person, Jesus Christ, not about a religious or political system.
The Uzbeks have not been in the US for very long and most of them were born in Uzbekistan. They are eager to find people who will teach them English, leaving the door wide open for Christian English teachers.
Very few among the Uzbeks follow Christ. Pray for the Lord to reveal Himself to them in ways they will understand.
* Pray for a discipleship making movement in the US that will penetrate Central Asian communities both in the US and in Central Asia.