Azerbaijani in Belgium


Population
1,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire to its people. This name refers to an ancient belief that this Central Asian country is a place where sacred fire is found and preserved. Today, the Land of Fire's rich oil resources have elevated the nation to a place of significance within the European Union. In particular Belgium has been willing to offer benefits like visa liberalization to incoming Azerbaijanis in order to secure a strategic relationship with the Azerbaijani government. Still there are few Azerbaijanis in Belgium.

Despite Azerbaijan's economic prosperity, it is a country plagued by severe political and military corruption and a failure to preserve human rights. This situation gives some Azerbaijanis a desire to move to other countries like Belgium.


Where Are they Located?

Azerbaijanis tend to live in the urban centers of Belgium.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Those who live in Europe are trying to get established in a land where the language and customs are foreign.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Azerbaijanis in Belgium are Shi'ite Muslim, and only one percent are Christian. There is a sizable secular minority among them. Azerbaijan itself is one of the most progressive and secular Islamic nations while Belgium, primarily Roman Catholic, gradually seeks to reduce Christian influence from its public life by doing things like secularizing the names of Christian holidays. To the Azerbaijanis in Belgium, religion can be a meaningless identifier. With the threat of marginalization and alienation from the wider Belgian society affecting all Muslim immigrants, there is urgent need for disciples of Christ to reach out to the Azerbaijani population.


What Are Their Needs?

Shi'ite Muslim Azerbaijanis seldom have the chance to hear that Jesus Christ saves sinners. There is freedom or religion in Belgium, so believers can go to them as ambassadors of Christ.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the all-consuming fire of God to purify and redeem these men and women from the Land of Fire.
* Pray for Belgium to be a place where Azerbaijanis find freedom to knock, seek, and find the Lord.
* Pray for many to take the ways of Jesus to the Azerbaijanis in Belgium.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10528/BE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHRuMxcdXPo
http://azerbaijans.com/content_1713_en.html
http://www.azernews.az/azerbaijan/94243.html
http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/society/2510017.html
https://www.facebook.com/search/str/Belgium%2BAzerbaijanis/keywords_top
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azerbaijani_diaspora


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-04-24
People Name General Azerbaijani
People Name in Country Azerbaijani
Population in Belgium 1,000
World Population 9,984,000
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Azerbaijan, Azeri Turk, Turkmen
People ID 10528
ROP3 Code 100675
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (1,000 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, North
Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (1,000 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, North

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, North

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1842-1891)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2004)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1891-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible.az
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
87.00 %
Non-Religious
12.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Azerbaijani Partnership 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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