Kazakhstan: Going Forward with Pride  
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                       19 Nov 2008


The nomadic lifestyle of the Kazakhs is no more. What once was a resilient and resourceful lifestyle … molded by the harsh environment of the steppe became only a dream…of the old way of life, which … was eventually put in chains by forces outside the control of the people.

 Kazakhstan is a country that was devastated by many decades of powerful centralized control from Moscow.  Their absorption into Soviet control began when a new flag was forced upon them…along with the designation “Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic”.  The anthem they were required to sing spoke of the greatness of Lenin, of communism and of the power and unity of the Soviet Union.  

Through the 70 years of Russian dominance there was Lenin, … then Stalin, … Hitler and the Great Patriotic War, … Khrushchev, … Brezhnev, … and others who carried out the systematic destruction of the Kazakh culture.  During this time, over 2 million Kazakhs died of starvation or epidemics or execution … 40% of the population.  Finally, … in 1991, … the Soviet Union collapsed and Kazakhstan became an independent country but, … a country in shambles and a people disillusioned. 

A new flag was adopted and the citizens began to sing a new anthem…hesitantly at first…but soon…with pride they sang of their allegiance to their new country, their new independent Kazakhstan.  

National Anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan

We are a valiant people, sons of honour,

And all we've sacrificed to gain our freedom.

Emerging from a malicious grip of fate, from hell of fire,

We scored a victory of glory and success.


Soar high up in the sky, oh, eagle of freedom,

Call up to harmony, agreement and accord!

For hero's might and strength is in the nation,

Just as the unity is the nation's raising sword.


A new government was formed and a new constitution was established under the leadership of President Nazarbayev based on freedom for all including freedom of religion.  Kazakhstan became a democracy with a free-market economy. 

In 1997, the capital was relocated from the city of Almaty 600 miles north to Astana.  It was built along the marshy shores of the Isham River.  This bold move was more than symbolic as the country progressed forward with a new sense of pride and a bright prospect for the future.  This is reflected in their new song, “My Kazakhstan”, adopted in 2006.  

(Bright lights of the new capital)
(Subtitles of new song)

My Kazakhstan

Sky of golden sun,
Steppe of golden seed,
Legend of courage -
Take a look at my country!

From the antiquity
Our heroic glory emerged,
They did not give up their pride
My Kazakh people are strong!

My country, my country,
As your flower I will be planted,
As your song I will call out, my country!
My native land – My Kazakhstan!

The way was opened to the posterity
I have a vast land.
Its unity is proper,
I have an independent country.

It welcomed the time
Like an eternal friend,
Our country is happy,
Such is our country.

My country, my country,
As your flower I will be planted,
As your song I will call out, my country!
My native land – My Kazakhstan!


Guitar begins strumming and narration:

From a small church in Almaty, the message in song conveys our prayer as the people of Kazakhstan go forward. 

Worship team singing on camera.

At the Foot of the Cross  

At the foot of the cross

I give up my vain ambition

And I leave my selfish pride

In the peace that is there

Would You restore my vision

In all the places I am blind? 

Chorus:  We will wait here at the cross. 

At the foot of the cross

There is healing for this nation

There is rest for those who wait

And the love that we find

Is the hope of all creation

We are stunned by

What You gave 

Chorus: We will wait here at the cross


(This verse not used.)

We will wait at the cross

A hungry generation

With our broken hearts and lives

Will You hear? Will You

Come?  Will You fill our desperation?

Oh, God, let this be the time.


Chorus:  We will wait here at the cross

Scene: KazMunayGaz building at night in Astana.  ZOOM in to the cross.

Closing subtitles …

We will wait here at the cross …

Oh, God, let this be the time. – Fade out …


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