Besermyan in Russia

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People Name: Besermyan
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 2,300
World Population: 2,300
Primary Language: Udmurt
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 55.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Finno-Ugric
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Besermyan people are a Turkic people living in western Russia.
They were probably subjected by the Mongols during their vast 13th century empire. Their language is a dialect of Udmurt. It has been influenced by Tatar.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Besermyan are primarily a conservative, rural people. They live in a land of lush green grass for their cattle. They have good soil to grow vegetables.
One of their primary concerns is remaining Besermyan. They do not want their ancient culture to be completely engulfed by modernization, globalization or Russification.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Turkic peoples like the Besermyans are usually Muslim. There are Muslims among the Besermyans, but they are primarily Orthodox Christian. They cherish their ancient traditions, including the spiritual ones, so animistic practices remain part of their spirituality.

What Are Their Needs?

Their identity is tied in with their ancient traditions, perhaps as a way to stay "different" from the Russians. However, The Besermyan people need to put Jesus Christ first in their lives.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Besermyan leaders, prompting them towards a Christ-oriented spirituality, devoid of spirit worship.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a thirst for righteousness.
Pray for Besermyan disciples to make more disciples.

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