World Convention is currently building a global reference for the countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.
Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country, bordering Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Its capital is Astana, where it was moved from Almaty (the largest city) in 1997. It was part of the Soviet Union from 1920 until independence in 1991.
70% of the population is Muslim, 26% Christian (almost all Russian Orthodox), 0.1% Buddhists, 0.2% others (mostly Jews), and 3% non-believers.
In the late 1990s, the North Atlanta (Georgia, USA) Church of Christ helped establish a congregation in Almaty in response to a university student asking for spiritual help for her home city. This church has a special outreach to youth through a summer camp and operates an orphanage. The leaders of this ministry have been missionaries Steve Vrooman, Alexander Metso, and Randy and Sandra Green.
The International Churches of Christ planted a church in Almaty in 1995.
Created by Gary Holloway, December 9, 2013