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Abkhaz in Ukraine

Abkhaz

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,500 Abkhaz Non-Religious 20.00 % 1.00 % Not available Not available   

Abkhaz in Ukraine

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Introduction / History
At the eastern end of the Black Sea, a pleasant stretch of land rises from the shores of the Black Sea to the southwestern slopes of the mighty Caucasus mountain range. For millennia this is the ancient homeland of the Abkhaz people. One writer states, "From the earliest of times, the warmth and mildness of the climate and the fertility of the land have defined the Abkhaz way of life." Abkhaz village and small-town life is strong in the raising of cattle, farming, beekeeping, and vineyards.

The disputed province of Abkhazia holds a total population of 240,000—with almost exactly half of that total being composed of native Abkhaz, speaking their own distinct Abkhaz language. The Abkhazians then for the most part utilize Russian as a 2nd language. Abkhazia, in the 20th Century, was considered a province of Georgia, but the 1992-93 War in Abkhazia left the province in an uneasy semi-autonomous state, estranged from Georgia but not independent. A second conflict in 2008 further distanced the region from Georgia and left the region in a quasi-union with Russia, and with an uncertain international status. In Abkhazia, approximately 50% of the 125,000 Abkhazians are city-dwellers and the other 50% live in rural village settings. North across the border in south western Russia, the 11,500 Abkhazians are 85% urban and only 15% rural.

In the 6th Century, most of Abkhazia became nominally Christian; then in the 16th Century due to the Ottoman Turk takeover and pressure from the Muslim Adyghe to the north, the region became largely Muslim. This changed again in the 1860s, when Russian conquest forced massive numbers of western-Caucasus Muslims south into the Ottoman Empire. Present-day Abkhaz are considered 60-80% Orthodox Christian and 20-40% Sunni Muslim—both in Abkhazia and in southern Russia. But many Abkhaz will observe that these Christian or Muslim formal influences are "less enduring than older animistic cultural ways of reverence for trees and nature, and ancestor worship." One present-day Abkhaz historian said, "We're 80% Christian, 20% Muslim, and 100% pagan." Evangelical Christians in Abkhazia are less than 1%; and among the Abkhazians located in south western Russia, there are less than 20 evangelical believers. Furthermore, in Abkhazia the Orthodox Church is badly splintered between Armenian, Georgian, Russian, and the (unrecognized by Eastern Orthodox hierarchy) predominant Abkhazian Orthodox Church. A fresh reading of the New Testament, coupled with a fresh breeze of the Holy Spirit (Acts 3:19), is deeply needed for the Abkhaz people.

Prayer Points
* PRAY for a re-emergence of the simple transforming gospel (Romans 1:16) among the Abkhaz people.
* PRAY for open-hearted Abkhazians to be graced with the power of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39), and through them for the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23) to begin to flourish in a society wracked by conflict and clan power struggles.
* PRAY that many Abkhazians will be inspired by the example of Acts 8, where robust pagan worship was superseded by the power of Jesus' gospel, accompanied "by signs and wonders following" (Heb.2:3-4).
* PRAY success for the Abkhaz Bible Translation Team which is preparing the 4 Gospels for publication, with Acts & Epistles to follow.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Country: Ukraine
Continent: Europe
Region: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Abkhaz
People Name General: Abkhaz
Alternate People Names:
AbkhazianAbxazo
AbzhuiApswa
BzybUbyx
ROP3 Code: 100018
Joshua Project People ID: 10130
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,500
Population all Countries: 304,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Abkhaz
Ethnic Code: CEW17a
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Language
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Primary Language: Abkhaz (1,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): abk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Non-Religious
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam23.00 % 
Non-Religious57.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox100.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1981
New Testament:
1912-2004
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
 
 
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Abkhaz in Ukraine

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