Kyrgyz in Ukraine

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Kyrgyz are a Turkic people who have their origins in southern Siberia and northeastern China. Slowly they migrated to Mongolia and beyond. In the 9th century Kyrgyz forces allied with China's Tang Dynasty to defeat the Uyghurs. In the 13th century they had to flee from the advancing Mongol Empire. The Kyrgyz became a distinct nationality in the 14th century. They settled in highland dwellings of northwestern China during the 15th century. For centuries they have often needed to flee dangerous nations. Most of them are sandwiched between superpowers, Russia and China. In the 20th century alone, many fled the power struggle in Russia leading up to the Bolshevik Revolution and the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949. Amid their vulnerable situation the Kyrgyz strive to maintain their own ethnic identity. Though the Kyrgyz have their own nation, Kyrgyzstan, there are some who live in each of the Central Asian countries including Mongolia and Iran. They also live in Russia, Ukraine and certain Eastern European nations. In most of these places, including Ukraine, they have a small population.

What Are Their Lives Like?

A small number of Kyrgyz have fled their home country to Ukraine to find work and freedom. Even those who are well educated often must settle for hard labor jobs with long hours and low pay. They send most of the money home to Kyrgyzstan. They work without medical care. Some are there fighting alongside the Russian invaders. Many share small apartments with other migrant laborers. The Kyrgyz in Ukraine often turn to drugs or alcohol.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Kyrgyz people are nominal Muslims. Those who live in Ukraine do not have deep roots in the faith. The good news is that the Ukraine has been dubbed the "Bible Belt" of the former USSR because of its deep Christian heritage. Churches and Christian resources are available there. There is a higher percentage of Kyrgyz Christian believers in Ukraine than any other country.

What Are Their Needs?

They Kyrgyz people in Ukraine need hope. True hope comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ, mankind's guide to life. They also need job training so they can earn better wages.

Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kyrgyz people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow him. Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among the Kyrgyz, not only in Ukraine but also in Kyrgyzstan. Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kyrgyz people to become fruitful as they follow Christ. Pray for the lives and culture of the Kyrgyz people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

Scripture Prayers for the Kyrgyz in Ukraine.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kyrgyz
People Name in Country Kyrgyz
Pronunciation KUR-gheez
Alternate Names Kara; Ke'erkezi; Kirghiz; Kirgiz; Kur-guhz; कयरग्ज़
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 5,982,000
Total Countries 14
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12933
ROP3 Code 105550
ROP25 Code 304510
ROP25 Name Kyrgyz
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kyrgyz (900 speakers)
Language Code kir   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kyrgyz (900 speakers)
Language Code kir   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyrgyz

Primary Language:  Kyrgyz

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1982-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1991-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1995-2011)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 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 Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
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 or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth 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
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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