Since the 800s, the Vespians have lived in a region that is now close to St. Petersburg. There are a small number of them in Ukraine and Estonia, but most are in Russia. They are defined by their ethnicity and their Finnish language.
Fewer people are speaking the Vespian language. Those who speak it usually live in isolated rural communities. Vespians who live among the Russians try to blend in by becoming Russified.
The Vespians were among the first to convert to Russian Orthodoxy in the 900s. However, they have never given up their ancient beliefs in local gods, mermaids, hobgoblins, sorcery and witchcraft.
The Vespians need to put Jesus Christ first in their lives so they can experience life to the full.
Pray for Vespians who follow the Lord to disciple others to become disciplers.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among Vespians that will lead them to the only Savior.
Pray for a Jesus-oriented revival in the Russian Orthodox Church that will bless both Russians and Vespians.
Scripture Prayers for the Vepsian in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Vepsian|
|People Name in Country||Vepsian|
|Population this Country||4,500|
|Population all Countries||4,800|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Leningradskaya Oblast’ and Vologodskaya Oblast’;intermixed with Russian speakers, boundary area, Kareliya. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Veps
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2006)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
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|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|