Oct 14: Russia, Volga Federal District

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Geography

Area: 17,075,400 sq km

The world’s largest country, extending across 9 time zones between the Baltic and the Pacific. The Russian Federation is composed of 83 administrative districts, including 46 oblasts (provinces), 21 republics, 9 territories, 4 autonomous okrugs, 1 autonomous oblast and 2 federal cities.

Population: 140,366,561    Annual Growth: -0.39%

Capital: Moscow

Urbanites: 72.8%

HDI Rank: 71 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 162 (47% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: Russian; local languages in autonomous republics    Languages: 135 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians93,905,22966.900.0
Evangelicals1,636,6271.22.3

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Challenge for Prayer

The government faces many daunting tasks, present and future. Lift up to the Lord the many threats facing Russia.

a) Pray for political wisdom. Russia is prone to authoritarian rule and admits that in the current climate good governance is more important than democracy and personal freedoms. Current and forecasted troubles would further erode freedoms and entrench a centralized power. Pray for the balancing of strong government with democratic accountability and respect of basic freedoms.

b) Economic stability is threatened by hopelessly inadequate infrastructures – both physical and legal/financial – including disappearing investment, a huge budget deficit and dwindling cash reserves. The struggles of millions with poverty and general hopelessness raises to alarming heights crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, family breakdown and suicide. Yet, vast natural resources and potential for greater output hold much promise. Pray for wise fiscal policies and for the long-term vision and strength to follow through on them.

c) Corruption must be rooted out. The power of oligarchs is being reined in, but criminal networks remain highly influential at home and abroad. They cripple honest business initiative and subvert the bureaucracy. There is no chance of change for the better without confronting these dark forces, a war that will require immense resolve and courage.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Russia.


Volga Federal District

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Challenge for Prayer

Mari El is the traditional home of the Mari people, who account for 43% of this republic’s population. Another 300,000 live farther afield. Most retain their pre-Christian shamanist-animist beliefs, although around one-third are Christian. Mari nationalism is expressed through attempted revivals of Mari culture and religion, often met with opposition by the government. Teams of Estonian Christians, their ethnic cousins, minister among them with some results. Pray for the 40 or so struggling evangelical churches in the region. The Mari NT was completed in 2007, and the OT translation is in progress.

     For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Volga Federal District.