Introduction / History
The Svanetians (Svan) live in west Georgia, and are a sub-ethnic group. The Svan's were one of three groups that made up Georgia years ago. In the 16th-17th centuries, after the aggression of Turkey and Iran, this land was conquered by Turkey. In 1811 west Georgia was joined to Russia. In 1991 Georgia became independent from Russia.
Their families are small, and the husband is the head of his family. The Svan really respect the older women in families. They use the Georgian language, but also have their own.
What are their beliefs?
They are Orthodox Christians, and took Christianity in the 4th-6th centuries.
* Pray that they would know the peace of the one true living God, and become peace-makers, known as sons of God.
* Pray that their Christian roots would not be lost, and that the Holy Spirit would bring conviction of sin.
* Pray the New Testament will be translated into their language.
Text source: Hope for Europe