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Azerbaijan – ‘the land of fire’

Azerbaijan is known as ‘The Land of Fire’ due to gas burning through fissures in hillsides. Its ethnic origins and language go back as far as Ancient Persia and the invading Oguz from Mongolia. A large percent of Azerbaijan’s revenue comes from its oil and gas exports; therefore, falling oil prices have taken a toll on the nation’s economy. In December 2015, the value of the Manat, Azerbaijan’s national currency, fell by 33 percent.

Azerbaijani believers make up only about 0.16% of that population at 15,000. Globally the picture is worse as believers make up only 0.05% of the total Azerbaijani population. This makes the Azerbaijanis one of the largest and least-reached people groups with the Gospel.

Following a harsh religion law passed in 2009, religious persecution in Azerbaijan has escalated. All religious groups must… [end of sample extract]

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