Three issues dominate Kazakhstan at the moment: the succession of President Nazarbayev, its sizable Russian minority and the hundreds of Kazakh citizens who have joined radical Muslims in the Middle East. Persecution of Christians has increased since last year, including a slight increase in violence. The persecution in Kazakhstan is driven by a regime that seeks to increase its control more and more, as well as Islamic extremism.
Clara* raised her sons, Dias* and Jeengul*, on her own. Her husband left her for another woman twelve years ago. In a moment of desperation when Clara was first left alone with two teenagers, she attended a service at the Protestant church for the first time. The pastor was teaching the parable of the prodigal son. She was captivated by God's love.
A church in Kazakhstan is under investigation following an event at which they invited teens to study the Bible, drink tea, and play games.