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Journal entries focus on the heart and motivation for World Christian parenting. Monthly articles written by key authors and ministry leaders offer wisdom and inspiration as you disciple your children and pursue intentionality in the midst of family life. Additional thoughts and devotionals written by Weave team members encourage you to draw near to Jesus for wisdom, strength, and grace as you navigate everyday realities and encounter situations you don’t feel equipped to deal with. Enlarge your vision for what God can do with ordinary families whose hearts and lives are yielded to Him.

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Speak Like the Kazakhs

Note to Parents: In the last journal, you read a story about Zamira and her family (If you missed the story, find it here). They are Kazakhs, an unreached people group in Central Asia. What language do most Kazakhs speak? To find out, do the following cultural activity with your family.


Cultural Activity:

Zamira speaks Kazakh at home and Russian at school. Find out what that would be like.

Using the chart below, make one sign that says “home” and another sign that says “school.” On the “home” sign, copy the Kazakh words for “yes” and “no.” On the school sign, copy the corresponding Russian words.

Home                  School

yes (ee-yeh)       yes (dah)

         no (zhok)             no (nee-yeht)

  1. Hang or prop up the signs where everyone can see them. Practice pronouncing the words on each sign.
  2. Choose one person to be the parent and another person to be the teacher. They should sit by the appropriate sign. The remaining people will be children.
  3. The parent and teacher should take turns asking the children simple questions that can be answered “yes” or “no.” The children can use the signs to answer in the correct language for their setting.
  4. Make sure to include these two questions: Do most Kazakhs follow Jesus? Should our family pray that they will learn about the true God who sent Jesus to be their Savior?
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