Russian is spoken in Kyrgyzstan, one of the poorest former Soviet states in Central Asia. A significant portion of the population has left to work elsewhere, and life in Kyrgyzstan is filled with hardship. A ministry team that visited recently described the people as seemingly closed to the gospel. But when the team was able to speak with people in small groups away from family or community, they were very open to the Good News. Kyrgyzstan is a majority Muslim nation that returned to its perceived religious roots after gaining independence from the USSR. Christians are persecuted mostly by family members and neighbors. Imams in cities often refuse to allow Christians to be buried in cemeteries.