Chechen in Germany

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Introduction / History

Chechens lived in remote valleys of the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. They are a strong, determined people with a long history of fighting for their independence. For years the Chechens had based land tenure upon joint-clan ownership. When the Soviets introduced the idea of property ownership by society rather than by clan, the Chechens fiercely opposed it. When World War II broke out, most Chechens opposed the Germans and fought alongside the Red Army. Despite this, in 1944 many of the Chechens and their neighbors, the Ingush, were deported to central Asia. They were allowed to return after 1968. On October 27, 1991, the Chechen Republic declared its independence. Since then, Russian troops have invaded Chechnya to regain control, and as a result much of the region lies in ruins. Those who can have left for safer places like Germany.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The core of Chechen society is the taip, a clan-like organization whose members descend from a common ancestor. An assembly of elders, with their own court, rule each taip. When Chechens live in other parts of the world this organizational structure is naturally weakened by the new situation. Most Chechens who go to Germany first go through Poland or Belarus. The first Chechens began to arrive in Germany in the 1990s when Chechnya was being destroyed by the Russian Army, but they are still getting acculturated in Germany. Some of the Chechens are doing what they can to help others learn to deal with their new situation. Most try to learn German and prepare for their new lives. Those who speak out against the oppressive government in Chechnya put family members at risk in the old country. Chechens in Germany are known to do just about anything to avoid being deported.

Chechens can be devout Muslims, often for nationalistic purposes.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Ruins of church buildings indicate that at least some Chechens had converted to Christianity by the eighth century. During the 16th century Islam was introduced by other peoples who settled among the Chechens. By the late 17th century all remaining ties to Christianity had disappeared from this region. Chechens can be devout Muslims, often for nationalistic purposes. They often associate Islam with their fight against outsiders.

What Are Their Needs?

Chechens live as a despised people, but God does not see them that way. He has a future and a hope for them. He longs for them to know a peace that can only come through the gospel of Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that the day will come when Chechens declare independence from Islam and dependence on the Savior who loves and accepts them. Ask for believers in Germany to have a burden to come alongside Chechens to see them accept the blessings of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will establish missionaries among them in Germany who are committed to the needs of their families and clans. Pray for believers to be Christ's hands and feet by helping Chechens in Germany to improve their lives. Pray for Chechens in Germany to find the dignity of becoming part of Lord Jesus' loving family.

Scripture Prayers for the Chechen in Germany.

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-04-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-10
People Name General Chechen
People Name in Country Chechen
Pronunciation CHEH-chun
Alternate Names Nokhchi
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 1,718,000
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11317
ROP3 Code 102059
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Chechen in Germany
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Chechen (12,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chechen (12,000 speakers)
Language Code che   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chechen

Primary Language:  Chechen

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1986-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2007)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chechen Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chechen YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
Photo Source CharlesFred - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: Meduza and Al Jazeera News. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.