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Chechen in Belgium


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Chechen in Belgium

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Introduction / History
The Chechens are from the North Caucasus Mountains of southwestern Russia. They are among the Turkic peoples conquered by the Russian Empire. Their homeland is called Chechnya. Fighting between the Chechens and the Russians has been sporadic since the 1700s. When the USSR imploded in 1991, Chechens quickly attempted to gain independence. That decade saw two major rounds of fighting between the Russian military and Chechen militias in Chechnya. By 2000 the Russians had destroyed Grozny, the main city in Chechnya. Chechens have fled Chechnya to many places including Belgium.

Where are they located?
Most of the Chechen diaspora have fled to urban Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, and Austria, but some have tried to make Belgium their home. Within Belgium, Chechens mainly live in Aarschot. Others live in Brussels, Antwerp, Ostend, Louvain, Bredene, and Namur.

What are their lives like?
The culture of rebellion and violence has followed the Chechens to Belgium. Chechens who make the news include those who helped lead a high-level terrorist attack, and those fighting as gang members. This situation makes them unpopular with the local people.

What are their beliefs?
Chechens are predominantly Sunni Muslims, though many belong to a Sufi brotherhood. Sufism is a more emotional form of Islam that is usually blended with pre-Islamic folk religion.

What are their needs?
The Chechens in Belgium need marketable skills that can help them earn an honest living in an urban setting. Training in computer programming and business skills would be welcome by these people who are caught in a cycle of violence and poverty.

They need believers who are willing to risk their lives to befriend them and share the Prince of Peace.

Prayer Points
* Pray for workers with sacrificial love to go to the Chechens to teach job skills and the ways of the Prince of Peace.
* Pray for the Chechens to become appalled by violence and seek spiritual answers from the Lord.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-04-22
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Country: Belgium
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Chechen
People Name General: Chechen
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102059
Joshua Project People ID: 11317
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 18,000
Population all Countries: 1,726,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Chechen
Ethnic Code: CEW17d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chechen (18,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): che    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam88.00 % 
Non-Religious12.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
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Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1986-2007
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chechen
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterBible: Нохчийн мотт - Cheche ...
Text / Printed MatterMulti-Language Media
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Chechen in Belgium

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People Cluster
    Caucasus     Europe, Western    
      Chechen Belgium    
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            Chechen in Belgium          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Chechen  
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