Oct 15: Russia, Urals Federal District, Siberian 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 current religious climate of Russia is mixed, both spiritually open and closed at the same time. Orthodoxy is culturally strong yet spiritually weak in the lives of most of its followers. Millions call themselves Russian Orthodox without actually believing in God. Current gloom has not led to high degrees of spirituality, and the surge of religious activity in the 1990s has all but stalled. Cults and sects, both Eastern and Western, and belief in the paranormal are common. Pray that the Russian peoples’ hearts will be hungry for and open to promptings of the Holy Spirit and the gospel of Christ.

     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.


Siberian Federal District

Russia

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Challenge for Prayer

Khakassia to the northwest of Tuva is only 13% Khakass. The Khakass (80,000 globally) are Turkic animist-shamanists with close ties to neighbouring Tuvan and Altai peoples. There are only two known Khakass churches, with just over 100 believers. New Life Mission works among them, and IBT recently completed the Khakass NT. Pray that this small people group might be evangelized.

     For an additional 3 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 Siberian Federal District.


Urals Federal District

Russia

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Challenge for Prayer

Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs are home to the Khanty, Mansi, Nenets and even some Komi peoples. (Nenets are mentioned in Nenets Autonomous Okrug.) The Khanty and Mansi peoples are small in number, a tiny minority even in their own lands. They are northern Finno-Ugric peoples whose very existence is endangered by small numbers and threatened hunter-gatherer lifestyle. They retain most of their traditional animist beliefs, despite a veneer of imposed Russian Orthodoxy. They are open to the gospel as long as it is not linked to the Russian culture that treated them cruelly in the past. Recently, many Khantys have become believers. In both Khanty and Mansi, some portions of the NT exist.

     For an additional Challenge 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 Urals Federal District.