Abaza in Russia



Population

42,800

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

2,500 years ago the Greek historian, Herodotus, notes that Greek seafarers encountered a tribe named the Abaza along the eastern shores of the Black Sea. The descendants of the Abaza later migrated northeastward into the Caucasus Mountains and became fiercely Muslim over the past 1000 years.

A war-like people, the Abaza have known little grace. Many died in the Caucasus Wars with the Russian Empire in the middle of the 19th Century. The Abaza now live in at least 14 towns and villages in the mountain region of Karachai-Cherkessia in southern Russia. Their ancient language is fascinating—it functions with 63 consonant sounds and only two vowels! For an outsider, it's definitely a mouthful of intense sounds.

Among the 43,000 Abaza, there are ten known believers. Pray for these courageous ones, who are carriers of the desperately-needed grace of Jesus for their people. When one understands in one's own heart language that "God in Christ has forgiven me..." it's so much more possible to "be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has forgiven me." The Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness...—can start to grow and spread throughout the culture.


Where are they Located?

Towns of Kara-Pago, Kubina, Psikh, El'burgan, Inzhich-Chukun, Koi-dan, Abaza-Khabl', Malo-Abazinka, Tapanta, Krasnovostochni, Novokuvinski, Starokuvinski, Abazakt and Ap-sua.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a fledgling effort--which is barely underway--to begin translating portions of the New Testament into the difficult Abaza language.
* Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the Abaza to embody the forgiveness and kindness of Jesus to all whom they meet.


Profile Source:   provided by NCRP  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-03-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-26
People Name General Abaza
People Name in Country Abaza
Population in Russia 43,000
World Population 67,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abazinian, Apswa
Affinity Bloc Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster Caucasus
People Name General Abaza
Ethnic Code CEW17a
People ID 10125
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Karachay-Cherkess Republic.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Abaza (43,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Abaza 43,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
96.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
30.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: Lawrence Jatker  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: provided by NCRP  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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