RUSSIA & SIBERIA
Over broadcast outlets of the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) the Guidelines Commentary has been broadcast throughout Russia, originally via shortwave, for decades. Guidelines publications have been translated and distributed in a variety of Russian speaking areas. The Commentary is also heard in Siberia! There is much work to do since as many as 21,000 cities in Siberia have no gospel witness. Guidelines partners with two families whose mission is to take the gospel into the most remote villages of Siberia.
Slava and Valeria
Slava and Valeria have ministered for 15 years above the Arctic Circle, among the Yakut peoples. They started many churches and Slava continues to travel back regularly to the Artic to encourage former church plants some of which are among “reindeer teams.”
Their ministry now focuses on outreach to the Roma peoples of Russia.
There are five “Gypsy Villages” of their city, all hotbeds of the narcotics trade. Out of fear, Russian churches and believers generally refuse to minister to the Romas, who often engage in occult practices. This is groundbreaking work for Slava and Valeria, who are aided in their work by believers from the Russian church Slava pastors. The church began with small groups in their home and has now grown to Sunday worship in a rented facility, children’s ministry, youth camps, family conferences and an orphanage ministry.
Population: 142 million
Languages: Russian (official), many minority languages
Religion: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2%
Russia has a large population of non-practicing believers and non-believers, a legacy of over seven decades of Soviet rule.
Political Designation: Siberia is a federal district of the country of Russia.
Size: Siberia comprises an enormous geographical area approximately 1.8 times the size of the United States. If Siberia were a country, it would be the largest in the world.
Most Populated City: Novosibirsk.
Population: 142 million – With a population density of less than 8 people per square mile. 28% of the population under 24 years old. The population is shrinking because birth rate is not keeping up with the mortality rate.
Language: Russian (primary), Turkic languages such as Yakut, Eskimo-Aleut languages, Mongolic languages, Uralic languages and others.
Religion: Russian orthodox, shamanism and polytheism