Kazakhstan is the largest land-locked country in the world (meaning there is no outlet to the oceans). It has vast natural resources and a widely diverse geography. The population of about 18 million is predominantly Kazakh and Muslim; less than 2% would be considered evangelical Christians. Officially freedom of religion is permitted, but religious leaders who oppose the government are suppressed, and in reality, there are heavy restrictions on freedom of assembly, speech and religion. To be a Christian here carries a real possibility of persecution. COAH is currently supporting a church-planter in the city of Almaty.
COAH is supporting Denis Boris, a graduate of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, USA. Earlier in his life, Denis was immersed in a prosperity gospel church; however, upon introduction to the doctrines of grace, he was swept away by the centrality of Christ in the Scriptures.
This church is of strategic importance. There are few opportunities for theological training in Kazakhstan, and Denis hopes this ministry may become a base for Reformed training. While there are some zealous Christians working in the church, many of them need more training to avoid falling into theological confusion that is rampant.
By God's grace, a church plant began in 2016. Today there are 20 members of the church and about 40 gathering for worship. They have hosted three conferences on the themes of Church Membership, Evangelism, Expositional Preaching. The conferences attract different church leaders in the area so that later relationships are developed and those leaders are influenced by good, biblical teaching. Besides that, with COAH’s support they actively participate in publishing solid books in Russian and Kazakh languages.
The main focus of the Boris’ ministry is to serve the church. They realize that God’s plan of displaying His glory to the watching world is the church (Eph.3:10). So, they labor towards that end trusting that the Lord will be magnified in the lives of many.
Denis and his wife Zhanara have been blessed with one daughter.