Kabardian in Turkey

Map Source:  People Group location: Joshua Project. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kabardian
Country: Turkey
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,187,000
World Population: 2,005,400
Primary Language: Kabardian
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Caucasus
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:


Kabardian people came dangerously close to ethnic extermination as victims of the century-long Russo-circassian wars that ended in 1864. Considering the epic devastation, the tragic expulsion/emigration/destruction of 90 percent of their population from their Russian homeland, their national survival into modern times is almost unbelievable. They are strong in hospitality, saying, "A guest is a messenger from God." Or, "The guest of a Kabardian is as safe as if protected by a fortress."

Ministry Obstacles

Once characterized by folk Islam, Kabardians are now increasingly plagued by an encroaching attraction to radicalism among many youth. Attacks and counterattacks between rebels and military/police both claim innocent lives and exacerbate instability and deepen bitterness and mistrust in the region.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for one person to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, who will lead his/her family to Him, who will reach other families resulting in new believers who will share their faith with others. Pray for many house churches among these hospitable people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are presently no known followers of Christ among the Kabardian people in Turkey.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that young Kabardians will catch the vision of Almighty God who loves them infinitely, and will become a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses within their people group, thrusting down spiritual roots.

Text Source:   Keith Carey