Pray for Turkish Meskhitins – deported, expelled, and unreached .They fled to Georgia first, then under Stalin were deported to Uzbekistan, and then expelled to Kabardino-Balkaria and other republics of the Northern Caucasus. They mainly ‘work the land’. They profess Islam. They are unreached – with very few evangelical believers, and no known churches. Please pray for new missionaries to go to the North Caucasus, so that the Turkish Meskhitins will find ‘acceptance and belonging’ through believing in Christ and experiencing church fellowship.
Christianity came to Georgia in the fourth century; today 90% of the population consider themselves to be Orthodox Christians and most of them think that orthodoxy is only true way to God. It is challenging, therefore, to be a ‘different Christian’ - for example, an evangelical or a Roman Catholic. The greatest strength of student groups is the caring relationships among Christians. This positive atmosphere attracts students. The main challenge to students is the hostile attitude of many people towards evangelicals. Pray for more faithful student leaders and for a vision for student work in churches.
Population: 3,720,400 (2016)
Official languages: Georgian
GDP (PPP) per capita: $10,100 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 73 years
Religions: 84% Eastern Orthodox, 10% Muslim, 5% Catholic, 1% other religions