Georgians

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

Located on the coast of the Black Sea, the democratic semipresidential republic of Georgia is bounded to the north and northeast by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country is made up of various, interconnected mountain ranges and plateaus and possesses the deepest known cave in the world. Forests cover around 40% of Georgia’s territory and its climate is extremely diverse. Agriculture and tourism are the principal economic sectors. Georgia has been famous for its physical education and is well known for its rich folklore, unique traditional music, theatre, cinema, and art. Different opinions exist regarding the degree of political freedom in Georgia. It maintains good relations with its direct neighbors and is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization, and other entities. With a high unemployment rate and a fairly low median income compared to the rest of Europe, this is an opportune time to meet the real needs of Georgians.

With a population of over 4 million people and only 250 Adventist Christians, Georgians are an unreached people group. According to The Georgian Chronicles, their ancestor was the great grandson of the biblical Japheth. According to Orthodox tradition, Christianity was first preached in Georgia by the apostles Simon and Andrew in the first century. Today 83.9% of the population practices Eastern Orthodox Christianity and has fought to protect their Christian identity in the face of immense pressure from neighboring Muslim empires. This hospitable and sociable people give great importance to food and drink. This can be best observed during a Caucasian feast, or supra, when a huge assortment of dishes are prepared, always accompanied by large amounts of wine.

About the Project

Two missionary units are needed to establish centers of influence in urban environments where English language and lifestyle classes, both health-related and spiritual, can be offered.

People-Group Facts

  • Population: 4 million
  • Language: Georgian
  • Religion: Orthodox

Frontier Stories

Katia

I still sometimes sit on the balcony staring at the city below. I still feel overwhelmed and small. But now I also feel hopeful.

By: Anne Troy
December 01 2020, 10:21 am | Comments 0

Untranslatable

We are longing for the day when this barrier will finally be broken down.

By: Anne Troy
November 01 2020, 8:26 am | Comments 0

The Things We Took for Granted

Here in the field, taking God with you in your daily life is a continuous choice, one that doesn’t seem as natural and comfortable as before.

By: Anne Troy
September 01 2020, 10:16 am | Comments 0

People of Peace

I sighed again, this time with relief. Finding a person of peace sometimes feels like a long shot. But then sometimes they find you.

By: Anne Troy
August 01 2020, 10:04 am | Comments 0

A Child Shall Lead Them

God knew that my worst fears about moving to a foreign country were related to my children. Maybe this was His way of letting me know that my children will be loved and happy here in Georgia.

By: Anne Troy
July 01 2020, 5:18 pm | Comments 0

Lockdown and Onions

They might be hiding behind an intimidating look, a sober face, a niqab or even cigarette smoke. But they all live, work, love, suffer and hope like we do.

By: Anne Troy
June 01 2020, 11:36 am | Comments 0

Unknown Waters

We are, very slowly, learning how to relax and float on stormy waters. We have the certainty that soon we will focus less on survival and more on the beauty of these waters.

By: Anne Troy
May 01 2020, 3:00 pm | Comments 0

Gifts from God

Maybe you, dear friends, have been our actual training. Through your love, you taught us how we can be gifts of God here where the European and Asian worlds meet, in the land of hospitality, traffic chaos and boisterous music. Please pray that we can rise to the challenge!

By: Anne Troy
February 01 2020, 10:10 am | Comments 0

Treasures on Earth and in Heaven

We are moving our hearts and our treasure to the Republic of Georgia. Thank you for sacrificing a little bit of your hearts and earthly treasures to send and sustain us there!

By: Anne Troy
January 01 2020, 4:12 pm | Comments 0

A New Home

We are ready to embrace this new chapter of our life only by the grace of God and by your support and prayers. Thank you for making it possible.

By: Anne Troy
December 01 2019, 9:37 am | Comments 0

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