The Karakalpak People of Uzbekistan

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

THE KARAKALPAK PEOPLE OF UZBEKISTAN

A PAPER
SUBMITTED TO DR. FRED SMITH
IN PARTIAL FULLFILLMENT
OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE
GLOBAL STUDIES SURVEY GLST-500

BY
JONATHAN R CHAMBERS

WHITESBORO, TEXAS

APRIL 3, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT………………………………………………………………………… 3

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………..……………… 4

KARAKALPAK PEOPLE OF UZBEKISTAN......................................................... 5

MISSIONS WORK CURRENTLY BEING DONE……………………………….. 11

PROPOSED STRATEGY…………………………………………………………..13

DEMOGRAPHICS………………………………………………………………….14

WRITE THE PLAN…………………………………………………………………16

ASSIMILATION…………………………………………………………………….17

INDIGENIZATIONA AND CONTESTUALIZATION……………………………19

DISCIPLESHIP……………………………………………………………………..22

CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………..23

BIBLIOGRAPHY…………………………………………………………………..24

ABSTRACT

Karakalpak, Black Hat of Uzbekistan Abstract
It is a beautiful hot sunny day and there in the horizon are a series of yurts (dome-shaped tents) where large families of Karakalpak people live. An average family is from five to ten children with two parents and other relatives. Several of the family members are in poor health due to the environment being harmed during the Soviet reign. Very few have safe drinking water and because of the salt and chemicals in the ground little food is produced. These families get together with other families and friends for conversation sessions called gap, which means talk. The only problem with this gap is that most have never heard the story of Jesus. The Karakalpak people live in northwestern Uzbekistan with a primary religion of Islam. They consider themselves Sunni Muslims of the Hanafite branch. This group of people has little to no evangelical influence. It is a very impoverished area with a lot of health problems. According to the Joshua Project “very few people have ever heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and among those who have heard, very few have responded.” In this paper we are going to endeavor to show the history of these people and their need for Jesus. We are going to share some of the current works that are going on in Uzbekistan and a strategy of developing a mission based church that will reach the people of this area and multiply into a living growing cross-cultural church reaching the region following the commission given in Mark 16:16 that says, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”

INTRODUCTION

Anytime you begin a new ministry you must seek to understand the purpose and reason for this new ministry. “Purpose is the original intent in the mind of the creator…” No one knows a new culture like the one who created the culture to begin with. Many times as believers we want to just jump into something without getting the plans from the Father. Proverbs 19:21 says “Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand.” To understand and have a successful mission or cross-cultural church plant we must understand what God is thinking. In order to understand this purpose you must get into the mind and character of God because He understands this new culture better than anyone else and He has the plan for success. God came up with the missions plan to reach the world from the beginning of time we could not ask anyone better to begin a new work.

God is a strategic God and thinks in terms of generations. So when we are putting together the purpose for our ministry we need to grasp this idea so that when we pray we can ask for God’s strategy. God’s love is so vast and so great and because He sees more than what we can, and because He loves the people that we are going to reach for His glory and we do not even know them yet but He does, God is...
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