The Muslims in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Since 1993, REM has also been supporting missionaries in the predominantly Muslim regions of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The mountainous region of the Caucasus, located just north of Turkey and Iran, though relatively small in size, is home to approximately 100 different ethnic groups.  The countries of Central Asia - Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyztan, and Turkmenistan - are also home to more than 100 different ethnic groups.

Middle Eastern nations, most notably Saudi Arabia, are financing construction of mosques and are supporting Muslims missionaries in an attempt to reclaim the people of these regions for Islam.  Despite these efforts, people are still open to the Gospel and churches are being planted among the indigenous people of the Caucasus and of Central Asia.

The rapid pace of change makes ministry in these two regions a matter of urgency.  Today, most adults in these regions can still understand the Russian language, but they are gradually reverting to their native languages.  Since the Bible has not been translated into most of these ethnic languages, the message of the Gospel should be communicated now so that it can take root.