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Kirghiz Gospel Resources
A special welcome to all visitors of Kirghiz heritage! This page contains
links to Bibles, stories and websites written in Kirghiz which tell about Jesus
and His love for the Kirghiz people.
Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless the people of Kyrgyzstan,
and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the Kirghiz language and culture.
Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today!
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Kirghiz Publications About Jesus
Global Recording Network produces audio gospel tracts in Kirghiz. To order in the U.S., call 888-444-7872. (Kirghiz is their language #03374.)
Far East Broadcasting Company broadcasts about an hour of Kirghiz gospel radio into Kyrgyzstan each week.
(You will need a Kyrgyz font to read the Bible online. One site that offers font downloads is http://www.geocities.com/kyrgyz_fonts/, but I have not confirmed that this font will work with the Bible.
If you try installing the font, please contact us to let us know how it worked for you.)
Kyrgyz Bibles to purchase:
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You can purchase a Krygyz New Testament or Krygyz Children's Bible from the Institute for Bible Translation.
(To find the IBT bookstore, select "Stock" from the menu on the IBT homepage.)
Background Info on the Kirghiz People
The Kirghz are a traditionally nomadic people living principally in Kyrgyzstan, although 176,000 Kirghiz-speaking people in Uzbekistan, and 142,000 in China.
According to the SIL Ethnologue, 4.7 million people live in Krygystan, part of the former USSR (1997 figures). Kyrgyzstan has two official languages: Russian and Kirghiz.
Approximately 38,000 people in Krygystan speak Dungan, a language related to Mandarin Chinese.
According to the World Factbook, the population of Krygystan is 52.4% Kirghiz, 18% Russian, 12.9% Uzbek, 2.5% Ukrainian, 2.4% German and other 11.8%. Religious affiliation is 75% Muslim, 20% Russian Orthodox, and 5% Other.
Pray that the German, Russian, and Ukrainian believers living in Kyrgyzstan would desire to give the gospel to their Kyrgyz countrymen living in small towns and villages.
The Joshua Project 2000 website has a profile of the Kyrghz people.
Information for Churches
Perhaps you've noticed that several Kirghiz families have moved into your community. Your church would like to get acquainted with them and find ways to serve your new neighbors. But how can you begin?
Begin by cultivating a loving heart, a listening ear, and the habit of prayer. Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop skills for cross-cultural communication. There are lots of resources on this site, including the article "How to Start a Cross-Cultural Ministry," that can help you prepare to move forward in faith.
The Jesus Film is a great way to share the gospel in the "heart language" of your Kirghiz neighbors. Campus Crusade for Christ has produced this beautiful film of the gospel of Luke and translated it into over 600 languages, including Kirghiz. Your church can buy a video for less than $20 and sponsor a "Kirghiz Night" to show the film and begin a dialogue. Ask Kirghiz leaders in the community if they would like to see the film and if they'll help you invite other families.
To order the Jesus Film, visit Jesusfilm.org. Or order by phone from Campus Crusade at 1-800-432-1997.
Missions Working in Kyrgyzstan
The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has published this report on Ray of Hope Mission, including an interesting history of missions and Bible translation in Kyrgyzstan. MBMS prayer requests for Kyrgyzstan are also published.
Apparently there is a Bishkek Bible Institute in Kyrgyzstan, though I haven't found a website or email for them.
If you want to honor your Kirghiz friends, learn more about their language and culture.
Amazon.com carries several Kirghiz dictionaries: