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Chelkans of Russia

Prayer Month: March 2011
Focus: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Country: Russia
People Name: Chelkans
Population: 1,200
World Population: 1,200
Language: Altai, Northern
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Progress Status: 1.0
% Adherents : 0.00 %
% Evangelical: 0.00 %
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Chelkans of Russia

Introduction / History
The Chelkans live in the Republic of Altai within the Russian Federation.

Traditional religion of indigenous peoples of Altai is paganism. During the 50-70s of the 18th century Christianity began to spread among them. Christianity was especially active in the second half of 19th century. According to the Population Census of 1897, 34.5% of indigenous people were orthodox. At the beginning of the 20th century there began to extend Burkhanism (from "Burkhan," the name of the spirit of the Altai Mountains), it's a form of Lamaism with elements of Shamanism. And even after accepting Christianity, indigenous peoples continue to worship rivers, mountains, lakes.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Russian Bibles will be placed in the hands of the Chelkan who understand the Russian language.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Chelkan church for the glory of His name!
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send loving Christians who are willing to live and serve among the Chelkan peoples.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray that the Chelkans' fear of the spirits and mountain gods will be replaced by a love and fear of the one true God.

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