Chechen in Turkey

Unreached of the Day  3/04/2021

Chechen in Turkey

After Chechnya declared their independence from Russia in 1991, Russian troops have repeatedly invaded the Chechen homeland to regain control. Especially during the last 30 years, Chechens have attempted to find peace in other countries like Turkey, where they have a large community in Istanbul. Those who live in Turkey have found peace, and they live among the Turks. Today Chechens in Turkey work in oil refineries and breed fine-fleeced sheep.

Ministry Obstacles

Throughout their history, there have been conversions to Christianity, but the last time this happened was during the 17th century. It is highly unlikely that there are Chechen believers in Turkey, so if they hear the gospel in that country, it will need to come from those outside their community. The majority are Muslim, while some are secularized.

Outreach Ideas

It will be very difficult, but believers can much more easily reach Chechens in Istanbul than in Chechnya. Perhaps someone can discreetly take the JESUS Film and other gospel materials to them in their language.

Scripture Focus

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."  Psalm 32:8

Scripture Prayer

Pray for this people group to accept the Lord’s guidance and salvation.

Prayer Focus

Pray for believers to take Christ to the Chechens in Turkey. Pray for a spiritual interest on the part of Chechens, leading their elders to allow people to share Christ with their people. Pray for an undying movement to Christ among the Chechens.



People Name Chechen
PronunciationCHEH-chen
Country Turkey
10/40 Window Yes
Population 113,000
World Population 1,727,900
Language Chechen
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image