Ruthenian, Rusyn in Czechia

Ruthenian, Rusyn
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People Name: Ruthenian, Rusyn
Country: Czechia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 800
World Population: 84,300
Primary Language: Rusyn
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 90.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Slav, Eastern
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Ruthenian are an Eastern Slavic ethnic group. Their origins can be traced back to Slavic peoples who began to appear in the valleys of the Carpathian Mountains in small numbers during the fifth and sixth centuries. The Ruthenian are located in the remote and rugged Carpathian highlands which overlap portions of Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia. There are smaller populations in Czechia, Montenegro and Poland.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditional Ruthenian culture is characterized by the colorful and elaborate craftsmanship of their clothing, sculpture, architecture, woodworking, metalworking, rug weaving, pottery and egg decorating. They have their own folk songs and dances.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are affiliated with the Greek Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and consider membership to be a part of their national character.

What Are Their Needs?

The Ruthenian people need to take Christ’s yoke upon them and allow for his loving guidance.

Prayer Points

Ask God to call out Bible believing Christians to disciple the Ruthenians to disciple others.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in Ruthenian churches, turning hearts fully to Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Pray for them to see his blessings and to give him praise every day.

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