Kabardino-Balkaria will Rise Up as a House of Prayer!
Located in the mountainous Caucasus region in western Russia, the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic is an autonomous federal republic of Russia consisting of two main people groups, the Kabardins and the Balkars. Except for the Russians among them, the primary identity of these two beautiful peoples is predominantly folk Islam, a mixture of shamanism and Islam that is honestly quite confusing even to the very people who practice it.
Kabardino-Balkaria has recently been more influenced by secularism, as young people love money and worldly pleasures more than religion and live a life indifferent towards God’s existence. Moreover, the socialist system requires people to work to live and eat, but there is a simultaneous shortage of jobs, resulting in a generally poor, tired population and many broken families.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
(Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV)
A small number of churches made up of Russians and Korean immigrants are suffering from COVID-19 outbreaks, but all the while, the number of people who are eagerly seeking the Lord is increasing. Young men and women came to pray for and preach the gospel in Kabardino-Balkaria, and missionary training has been carried out too. Now, young people from the nearby regions of Tatarstan and Crimea have even come to worship and evangelize together with the church of Kabardino-Balkaria. Hallelujah!
Sister T, a Kabardin, was bullied at school after her parents got divorced ever since she was little. She said, “When I cried to Allah and sought his help, he did not answer me, and ever since, I’ve been living with confidence that there is no Allah.” But at age 18, Jesus met Sister T, who was living in disbelief, through His people, and gave her faith and peace! Hallelujah! God, who made and loves the Kabardins and Balkars, will bring forth a great prayer revival here, and He will receive and answer the prayers of His people! Amen!
Dagestan, God’s Hope!
The gospel was preached in the Republic of Dagestan through the apostle Bartholomew’s disciple, Elisaeus, and the early churches. However, since the Arab military invasions of the 7th century, various ethnic groups became Islamized, and during the 18th century Caucasus War, Dagestan officially allied with Islam. Religion was banned under the influence of communism in the 20th century, but the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 brought an enormous resurgence of support for Islam in Dagestan. Although Dagestani identity is strongly influenced by their history with Islam even until today, many believe in Islam blindly and never even read the Quran in their lifetime.
When Ramadan begins, pictures related to Ramadan are posted all over social media, and people take pride in fasting and observing. While many seek desperately to reach Allah through fasting and deeds, some celebrate Ramadan simply as a religious custom.
4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Galatians 5:4,14, NKJV)
God loves this land! The local church of Dagestan is experiencing a great revival through the guidance of Holy Spirit. A local leader, Pastor A, was martyred by an Islamic armed group recently. Despite these attacks, the young generation of Dagestan has not only kept their faith and continued to gather for worship, but they have even continued to send fellow disciples to other cities to plant new churches.
Hallelujah! Nothing in the world can stop the work of the gospel. House churches are continually being planted, and many are professing faith in Jesus Christ. May many more local churches be planted and unite together to worship for the nations every week, praying together for the revival of this land and the restoration of the nations! Amen!
Ingushetia will Give Birth to New Life!
The Ingush people are the smallest and poorest within the federal republics of Russia, and was the people group that experienced the world’s fastest mass conversion to Islam. During World War II, they were forced to migrate to Russia, but there were territorial conflicts and disputes. Even a few years ago, they lost more territory to the Chechens, and, while the people protested, in the end the media and the Internet were controlled, and their voices were muted. They now continue to experience the pains of alienation.
Ingushetia is one of the only autonomous states in the world which has officially been recorded as 100% Muslim. Ingushetia is like a spiritual highway whose construction has not even begun. However, the people seem very open. One brother greeted a Brother K, shaking his hand and saying to him,“Jesus loves you” as usual, then proceeded to ask and talk about Jesus. The two also talked about Islam, but it did not cause a conflict in the conversation. Rather, it became a time of grace to share and get to know each other and the Word of God.
One sister met two sisters at the park who had many self-harm marks on their wrists. After talking for a bit, these sisters revealed that they had great spiritual hunger but no hope in living any kind of successful future. When the sister preached the gospel to them and sang them a praise song to bless them, the two sisters were so grateful, saying through tears that they felt so happy.
For He says:
“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
(2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV)
Though there has long been no known church, no Christians, no Bibles, and no missionaries in Ingushetia, God is doing His work here! Even when the global church was largely unfamiliar with the people of Ingushetia, the Lord has never forgotten them. He is making history in this land even during these end times. This is the time for Ingushetia to receive grace! This is the day of salvation for the Ingush people! May Ingushetia give birth to new life and bring revival to all nations! Amen!
Chechnya, the Special Force of the Gospel, will Go the Last Frontiers!
Chechnya is the ethnic people group that has lived the longest in the Caucasus Mountains, but after losing the Caucasus War against Russia, which happened in the 18th century, it became a federal republic of Russia. During Stalin’s days, the Chechen people were persecuted, massacred, and forced to migrate in brutal conditions, resulting in many deaths. Thus, their antipathy toward Russia grew even greater. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Chechnya declared its independence, but two wars with Russia had destroyed 90% of its capital city of Grozny, left most Chechen men dead, and left the people mostly as orphans and widows. After that, Chechnya continued to fight for independence through terror, but the dream of independence never came true.
The Chechen people now look for their identity in Islam. The Chechen president considers himself a leader of Islam, building large mosques in many cities and villages, emphasizing Islamic education and clothing, and working toward making Chechnya a completely Islamic Republic.
Currently, Chechnya has virtually overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to other regions of Russia, they have been following quarantine regulations much more strictly. In February, they announced that people no longer need to wear masks in public. The streets are busy again, and people are actively coming and going, and Islamic activities have also picked up momentum again. Young people are searching for truth.
Most religious meetings are organized by young Muslims, but the church is longing to meet and preach the gospel to the Chechens too! Living as a Christian in Chechnya is challenging, because there is persecution, but the church of Chechnya is starting to take steps of faith with the global young generation.
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
(Hebrews 10:39, NKJV)
The people of Chechnya are faithfully keeping Ramadan. While spiritual battle is the fiercest, we pray that the souls of those who participate in this tradition will be freed from the lies of Islam, meet God’s people, and come to confess that they are the disciples of Jesus Christ! We believe that Chechnya will rise up and lead a revival as a special force of the gospel, going to the last frontiers! Amen!
May the church of this land hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to them. Let them become the house of prayer that the Lord is looking for, so that with the same spirituality as the early churches, let there be revival that will lead to the gospel reaching all nations! Among the people of Kabardino-Balkaria, may the wisdom and knowledge of God be full. We pray that they will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and that they will love and worship Jesus Christ alone!
Lord, have mercy upon the souls of Dagestan, who think that they can receive salvation through their deeds. We pray that they will receive life through the grace of Jesus Christ! Through Ramadan, may they realize that Islam is a lie. Allow them to come before the truth of the gospel. Let the local churches of Dagestan that have experienced martyrdom rise up during these end times with obedience to the calling of God! We believe that they will be used to preach the gospel to all nations! We intercede especially for the young generation to overcome the authority of Islam and the world with faith. Lord, would You raise them up like the morning dew and use them to bring the final revival to all nations!
The time to receive grace has come for the Ingush people. This is the day of salvation for the Ingush! Lord, remember this little nation that has been alienated from the world. They have received so much pain, so we pray that You will heal their pain! Allow salvation to come upon them by leading them before You. Change them, Lord, to become a nation that will give birth to new life! Amen!