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Hemshin in Kyrgyzstan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Armenian, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Hemshin in Kyrgyzstan

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Introduction / History
The Hemshin are reported to have been ethnic Armenians whose ancestors converted to Islam in the 1890s through 1920s to save themselves from death. They presently are made up of a number of diverse groups of Sunni Muslim and Christian people who originally settled in the Hemsin district in the province of Rize, Turkey. Some have migrating to Kyrgyzstan. Others are living in Russia's Caucasus region and in Central Asia.

What are their lives like?
Hemshenis are well-known for the clever jokes, riddles, and stories they tell. The traditional occupations are cultivating tea and maize, raising livestock, and beekeeping.

What are their beliefs?
Hemshin people in Kyrgyzstan are completely Muslim. These people depend upon good works and obedience to the ways of Islam to pay the penalty for their sins. They believe that Allah spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith.

What are their needs?
Full Bible resources exist in their Armenian language, however, they are not readily available to the Hemshin people.

Prayer Points
The country of Kyrgyzstan is hostile to Christian witness. Overt ministry to the Hemshin people will only be possible by Lord Jesus' enabling. There are no known Christian believers among the Hemshin people at present; pray for those the Lord will soon call to Himself. Pray that teachers will be sent to help them become firmly established in the truth of scripture and will help them learn to walk in the power of the Lord's Spirit. Pray the Hemshin people will increasingly be drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as they read the Koran, and that they will be prompted to seek the only true Savior. Pray for the Lord to visit them in dreams and visions.


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Country: Kyrgyzstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
10/40 Window: Yes
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Hemshin
People Name General: Hemshin
ROP3 Code: 115399
Joshua Project People ID: 18997
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 26,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Armenian
People Name General: Hemshin
Ethnic Code: CEW14
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Armenian, Western (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hyw    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 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1853-1984
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Armenian, Western
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
GeneralGospel resources links
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Armenian, Western
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Hemshin in Kyrgyzstan

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      Hemshin Kyrgyzstan    
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