Central Asian Peoples

Peoples and Countries of Central Asia

To the Mountains: A glimpse into the hidden lives of Caucasus peoples Photo

Explore village life high in the Caucasus mountains, home to peoples like the Avar, Inghiloi, Xinaliq and Lezgi.

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Meet Istanbul—Old Meets New Video

"A magical city"—Hear what Istanbul locals have to say about the city they love.

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Afghanistan Feature

Stories, photo galleries, videos and prayers focusing on a country broken by war and in need of peace. Join us in praying for the peoples of Afghanistan during this critical season.

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Smuggled: Travelogue of an Afghan Refugee Mother Infographic

Swift and silent, Delara, her husband and their five children fled Afghanistan in the middle of the night. But is life as a refugee any better? Follow the trail of the smuggled.

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Far from home: Muslims in Moscow Video

A story of believers from different backgrounds working together to reach Central Asians in Moscow.

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Kids Along the Silk Road Feature

Meet kids in Central Asia, learn about their days, try to speak their language, play their games, taste their food.

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Along the Silk Road Story

There are flashes of startling beauty along the Silk Road—a network of trade routes woven through the heart of Central Asia. Travel several segments of the old Silk Road, visiting modern cities and ancient sites. These stories, images and video present a picture of ancient peoples living in a modern world.

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To Have a Future Story

An Afghan couple borrowed money to smuggle the husband and two sons through Iran, Turkey and Greece and up to Germany. Days passed without news from them. She remembers, “I would sit all night thinking about my sons. … You don’t cross the border with your passport. You go through mountains and forest and sea.”

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Religions of Central Asia

Faith in the Marketplace—Religion in Central Asia Story

Central Asia's location in the center of the ancient world allowed it to serve as a meeting place for cultures and religions. Faith has always had a home in the marketplaces along the Silk Road.

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Another Shepherd: One woman's reflections on Quran class Story

Listening to the haunting cadence of the Arabic melody, the rhythm of the Quranic verses pushed in around me like ocean waves. It was beautiful. It was enchanting. But this time, my spirit sensed clearly, it was death.

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Understanding Church in Central Asia Story

Churches emerging along the Silk Road face struggles that are uniquely non-western

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Snapshots of Church in Central Asia Story

Central Asian believers show and tell the gospel within their cultures and families. The life of Christ is lived out through them in a way that is relevant and culturally comprehensible to their friends and neighbors.

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Understanding Muslim Beliefs Story

Muslims approach Islam with immense reverence, so showing respect for their religion and having even the most basic knowledge of Islam will go a long way in opening doors to relationships with Muslims.

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Spiritual realities: The refugee next door Story

When an Afghan family first enters Europe, they experience a “Christian” society for the first time. The objections to Christianity they may have heard their entire lives now meet reality. What do they find?

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