Belarusian in Azerbaijan


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Introduction / History

Belarus is a landlocked nation in Eastern Europe. The word Belarus means "White Russia." In 1796 the land now called Belarus was taken over by the Russian Empire. At times the Belarusian language was forbidden in schools in favor of Russian. The Belarus Orthodox Church was made a part of the larger Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Imperial government forced the Cyrillic alphabet on Belarus. In 1922 the Belarus Socialist Republic became one of the founding members of the Soviet Union. In 1991 Belarus became a separate country after the breakup of the Soviet Union, but it remains a close ally of Russia.

Many Christian resources are available in Belarusian including complete Bibles, radio programs and the JESUS Film.

Since 1991 many Belarusians, especially young people, have left their home and immigrated to other nations in search of a better life. These destinations include countries in Western Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, Israel and Azerbaijan. During the Soviet period, Belarusians moved to Azerbaijan to work in the petroleum industry, trade and agriculture.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lifestyles of the Belarusians in their adopted new homes varies depending on their new country. Most Belarusians living in Azerbaijan lead a middle-class lifestyle. They speak Belarusian, Russian and Azerbaijani which aids them in their business dealings.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nine out of ten Belarusians identify as Christians. The large majority of them are affiliated with the Belarusian or Russian Orthodox Churches. A smaller number of churches subordinate to the Roman Catholic Church are located near the Polish and Lithuanian borders.

Most Belarusians are Eastern Orthodox in name only. They are baptized, married and buried in the church. Most do not attend services on a regular basis.

Eastern Orthodox members and evangelicals have much in common. Both believe in the Trinity, the deity and resurrection of Christ and the inspiration of the Bible. Unlike Roman Catholic priests, clergy in the Eastern Orthodox Churches may marry and have children. There is no position of Pope in the Eastern Orthodox Churches. It is safe to say that most of the members of the Orthodox Churches in Belarus lack a personal, love relationship with God through Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Belarusian Christians need to see the love and grace of Jesus Christ demonstrated to them in practical ways. They must be taught or discipled in the ways of the Lord. They must understand that their faith needs to be more than a tradition or system of morality.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord spiritually revives the priests and bishops of the Eastern Orthodox Churches leading to a Christ-oriented spirituality.

Pray that the Holy Spirit leads Belarusians to read their Bibles and listen to gospel radio programs.

Pray for the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among Belarusians in Azerbaijan.


Scripture Prayers for the Belarusian in Azerbaijan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Belarus

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Belarusian

https://eng.belta.by/society/view/belarus-to-hold-days-of-culture-in-azerbaijan-vietnam-turkiye-in-2023-154141-2022/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Belarusian
People Name in Country Belarusian
Alternate Names Belarussian
Population this Country 5,800
Population all Countries 9,027,000
Total Countries 30
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11065
ROP3 Code 101833
ROP25 Code 301059
ROP25 Name Belarusian
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.10 %)
75.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
25.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Belarusian (5,800 speakers)
Language Code bel   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Southwest Belarusan
Dialect Code 7935   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Belarusian (5,800 speakers)
Language Code bel   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Southwest Belarusan
Dialect Code 7935   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Belarusian

Primary Language:  Belarusian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1517-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1931)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1973-2017)
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Belarusan Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Belarusian YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Belarusian YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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