... after a week of harassing my visiting SJ friend about mission in India, and whether the Indian Church in a significant way has abandoned any sense of evangelization that would include making new disciples and bringing increase to the Church (I would say that is true of a large part of the leadership in India; but that's just a gut feeling)... I should point out that the Indian Jesuits, along with others, are also involved in pioneering work in the stans of Central Asia: in Afghanistan, in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I've asked Fr. Jo for more information on these. These are areas with a minuscule Christian presence if any ... and as this Asia News report shows, persecution is very much a part of the reality of the life of the Church.
Kazakhstan: anti-terrorism polices "monitors" Christian worship.