Tatar of Russia

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Tatar of Russia

Tatars are descendents of Mongol, Bulgar and other peoples, and are predominantly Muslim. Russian domination of Tatars began when Czar Ivan the Terrible conquered the Tatar Khanate in 1552, and long periods of forced Russification have since occurred. Since the late 1980s there has been a resurgence of Tatar nationalism. Tatars have a long, if interrupted, history of resisting both imperial Russian and Soviet domination, and this has included resistance to the Orthodox Church's attempts to convert them.

Ministry Obstacles

The past history of ill treatment from Christian Russia is not easily forgotten.

Outreach Ideas

Christians need to live among the Tatar and befriend them, learning their language.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray for the Tatar believers, that the Lord will send qualified teachers and pastors, and that it will be more important to them to follow Christ than gain community approval.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for the Tatar people to increasingly desire to find out more about Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran, and that this desire will be satisfied. Pray for workers.

Scripture Focus

"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14

People Name: Tatar
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 5,333,000
World Population: 6,363,000
Language: Tatar
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