The Mordvinian people speak two languages, Moksha and Erzya. They consider these two languages to define two separate ethnic groups.
They are from Mordovia, a republic within western Russia. The first written mention of them was in the 500s. The Mongol Empire overran Mordovia in the 1200s, but it fell under the rule of Ivan IV of Russia in 1552. They have been dominated by the Russians ever since. During the Soviet Era, they were scattered, and today they live in 10 different countries that were once part of the USSR.
No matter where the Mordvinian live, they have their own cuisine, based on fish. Mushrooms are a common ingredient in Mordvinian dishes. They also eat meat, fresh fruit, carrots, beans, cabbage, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, pumpkins, beets, turnips and radishes. They eat all kinds of grains, not just wheat, but spelt, barley and rye. They use these grains to make bliny, a thin pancake.
Though a small number still adhere to their ancient religion, most Mordvinian are now Russian Orthodox. They have varying degrees of commitment to the church and to the savior. Many are secular.
The Mordvinian need to keep their eyes on Jesus and allow him to guide their families and communities.
Pray for the guidance of the only savior to lead the Mordvinian people into a time where they flourish economically and spiritually.
Pray for Mordvinian disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a strong commitment to Jesus Christ in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Scripture Prayers for the Mordvinian in Kazakhstan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Mordvinian|
|People Name in Country||Mordvinian|
|Population this Country||9,400|
|Population all Countries||106,000|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Persecution Rank||48 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
Primary Language: Erzya
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1824-2006)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Erzya||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Erzya||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Erzya||YouVersion Bibles|