Mordvinian in Kazakhstan

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People Name: Mordvinian
Country: Kazakhstan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 9,500
World Population: 105,200
Primary Language: Erzya
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 65.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Finno-Ugric
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Mordvinian people speak two languages, Moksha and Erzya. They consider these two languages to define two separate ethnic groups.

They are from Mordovia, a republic within western Russia. The first written mention of them was in the 500s. The Mongol Empire overran Mordovia in the 1200s, but it fell under the rule of Ivan IV of Russia in 1552. They have been dominated by the Russians ever since. During the Soviet Era, they were scattered, and today they live in 10 different countries that were once part of the USSR.

What Are Their Lives Like?

No matter where the Mordvinian live, they have their own cuisine, based on fish. Mushrooms are a common ingredient in Mordvinian dishes. They also eat meat, fresh fruit, carrots, beans, cabbage, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, pumpkins, beets, turnips and radishes. They eat all kinds of grains, not just wheat, but spelt, barley and rye. They use these grains to make bliny, a thin pancake.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though a small number still adhere to their ancient religion, most Mordvinian are now Russian Orthodox. They have varying degrees of commitment to the church and to the savior. Many are secular.

What Are Their Needs?

The Mordvinian need to keep their eyes on Jesus and allow him to guide their families and communities.

Prayer Points

Pray for the guidance of the only savior to lead the Mordvinian people into a time where they flourish economically and spiritually.

Pray for Mordvinian disciples to make more disciples.

Pray for spiritual hunger and a strong commitment to Jesus Christ in the Russian Orthodox Church.

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