The Chechen are a Caucasus people group from the southern region of Russia in the valleys of the Caucasus Mountains. During the Soviet Era, many Chechen were moved to Central Asia, but in 1968 they returned to their homeland. In 1991 the Chechen Republic gained independence. The majority of Chechen live in Russia, but many groups proliferate eastern Europe and northwest Eurasia.
Chechen societal is structured by clans based on common lineage. Almost all Chechen are devout Muslims, however, ruins of churches in their area suggest some were Christian at one point in time, and some Christian heritage can be seen in their language.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are approximately 4.8 million Muslims in Germany. With the large influx of Muslim people groups in Germany and Europe at large, German schools are working to integrate Muslim students by adding Islamic teachers. In Germany, there are no known Christians among the Chechen. Global Initiative shares in “Life in Germany”, that these classes may be combating isolation or division between Muslims and Germans and could open doors which build trust, and conversations for Christian witness to Muslims.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
In the past 30 years the Assemblies of God has planted over 20 new churches in Germany. There are 50 missionaries working in various areas of ministry such as church planting, college ministry, Teen Challenge, and more. Pray that the work being done in Germany would extend to Chechen communities.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for those working in Germany to spread the gospel that god will compel workers to minister to the Chechen Muslims.
- Pray for understanding and guidance as missionaries work to reach Muslims in Europe.
- Pray the hearts of Chechen people will be softened to the gospel.
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