Until 1991, Kyrgyzstan was not accessible to the outside world. Under the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan lost much of its cultural and religious identity. With a mixture of ethnic groups that remain from the Soviet era, Kyrgyzstan is democratic and very open to people from other countries. It is developing and ever-changing, despite the economic hardships many locals experience.
Around 80% of Kyrgyzstan's population are Sunni Muslims. Muslim values are pervasive in all parts of Kyrgyz life, although those practicing their faith are fewer, and folk Islam and animism are common. The local church is alive and making inroads into the hearts of the Kyrgyz people. Many are coming to faith in Jesus. The young Kyrgyz church needs workers to strengthen the next generation of leaders. Many of Kyrgyzstan's ethnic minorities are still unreached.