Uzbek, Northern in Belgium

Uzbek, Northern
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People Name: Uzbek, Northern
Country: Belgium
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,700
World Population: 30,922,400
Primary Language: Uzbek, Northern
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Uzbek
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Uzbeks are a Turkic people group located primarily in Central Asia. The earliest ancestors of the Uzbeks, the Central Asian Turks, aided Genghis Khan in his conquest of Eastern Europe in the 1300s. Eventually, as unity between the Turks and Mongols faded, numerous warring kingdoms were formed. It was from several of these kingdoms that the Uzbeks descended.

By the mid-1800s, most of the Uzbeks had been conquered by the Russians. They lived under czarist rule until the Bolshevik Revolution brought the communists to power in 1917. The new socialist government forced many of the Uzbek nomads and farmers to live on collective farms. When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, Uzbekistan became an independent nation. At that time, a small number of them managed to leave for Western countries like Belgium in search of better jobs and education.

Where Are they Located?

There are large Uzbek communities in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as small communities in other nations, including Belgium.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Uzbeks in Belgium are free to pursue economic, educational, and spiritual change. There is very little information on how things are changing for them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafite branch. Like other Muslims, the Uzbeks believe that there is one God, Allah, whose will was revealed through the prophet Mohammed and then recorded in the Koran.

The Uzbeks are not generally Orthodox Muslims. Many traditional beliefs have been mingled with their Islamic practices. Many of the younger generation are either atheists or non-religious.

What Are Their Needs?

The lifestyle of most Uzbeks in Uzbekistan did not prepare them for European life. Believers can teach them marketable skills for living in 21st century Belgium.

Prayer Points

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Northern Uzbek people in Belgium.
* Pray for a movement of Uzbek households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Uzbek people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Uzbek people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey