The Buriats live in an area that straddles China, Mongolia and Russia. They have different trade languages in each of these. A large percentage of Russian Buriats live in the lowlands along the Russia-Mongolia border. This area is called the Republic of Buryatia, an autonomous region within the Russian Federation.
The Buriat people in Russia are being pulled in at least two different directions. Those east of Lake Baikal are likely to practice Shamanism and Buddhism while those west of the lake are much more influenced by the Russian majority. Neither side is keen to have this people group follow the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Someone will have to show the Buriats that they can put their hope and their identity in Jesus Christ without giving up their culture. Christ needs to become a central part of their identity.
"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;" Psalm 19:7
Pray that this people group will find the word of the Lord to be trustworthy and look to it for wisdom and spiritual guidance.
There is a desperate need for a complete translated, printed and distributed New Testament in the Buriat language. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Buriats in China, Mongolia and Russia. Pray for ambassadors guided by the Holy Spirit to go to them as bearers of Christ's image. Pray for spiritual discernment and openness among the Buriats in Russia.
|People Name||Russian Buriat|
|Primary Religion||Ethnic Religions|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|