Northern Uzbek in United States

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Introduction / History

The Uzbeks are a Central Asian people who speak a Turkic based language. The Uzbeks are located primarily in Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan. There are also large Uzbek communities in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as small communities in many other nations, including the United States.

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.

A complete Northern Uzbek Bible became available in 2017. Many other Christian resources exist in the Northern Uzbek language including the JESUS Film.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The vast majority of Uzbeks who flee Uzbekistan do so because of the repressive government and limited economic opportunities. Uzbeks who migrate to the West earn far more than they did in Uzbekistan. In Western Europe, Canada and the USA, most work in modest jobs like driving cabs, security, maintenance, and construction. Some of the Uzbek young people get a college degree and work in higher level jobs in education, science, engineering, administration and medicine. When an Uzbek family first arrives in the USA, they must find a place to live, learn English and put their children in school. The adults must find a job with their limited English skills.

Uzbek families try to find a balance between keeping their Uzbek culture and language and fitting into a modern industrial society in the USA. Most of their young people prefer to speak English and adopt American values and culture.

The Uzbeks are not open to outside spiritual input.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Because of 70 years of communist influence, many 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 in the USA would need to make it clear that it is about the person, Jesus Christ, not about a religious or political system.

Only a very few among the Uzbeks claim to follow Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

The Uzbeks have not been in the USA for very long. 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. New arrivals also need help in securing jobs, finding apartments and getting their children enrolled in school.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to American Uzbeks in miraculous ways.

Pray for a disciple making movement in the USA that will penetrate Central Asian Uzbek communities both in the USA and in Central Asia.

Pray that American churches would reach out and help the Uzbeks as they arrive in their new home.

Pray that Uzbeks would desire to read the Northern Uzbek Bible and be open to attending a church.

Scripture Prayers for the Uzbek, Northern in United States.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Uzbek, Northern
People Name in Country Uzbek, Northern
Natural Name Northern Uzbek
Pronunciation OOZ-bek
Alternate Names Northern Uzbek; Ouzbek; Ozbek; Usbaki; Uzbeki; Wuzibieke; उज़्बेक, नॉर्दर्न
Population this Country 67,000
Population all Countries 32,497,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14039
ROP3 Code 107469
ROP25 Code 308519
ROP25 Name Uzbek
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
85.00 %
14.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Uzbek, Northern (67,000 speakers)
Language Code uzn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Uzbek, Northern (67,000 speakers)
Language Code uzn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uzbek, Northern

Primary Language:  Uzbek, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1891-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1992-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2016-2017)
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 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 Uzbek, Northern 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 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 Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Uzbek, Northern YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Uzbek, Northern YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source Fulvio Spada - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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