If the Russian province of Siberia was a country, it would be the largest country in the world. Siberia boasts five million square miles and claims roughly three-quarters of Russia’s landmass.
However, only about a quarter of Russia’s population lives in Siberia, and many Siberian residents live in difficult-to-reach areas.
Tim* with Global Disciples recently visited Siberia and says, “It’s really difficult to get around in Siberia. Plus, it’s often very cold. The day that we were there and actually the day we were leaving, it was supposed to get to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Their joke is that even Satan doesn’t go outside when it’s that cold.”
Even so, the Prince of Darkness does hold sway over much of Siberia and the rest of Russia. The Joshua Project estimates there are over 15 million unreached Russian people, and only 1.46 percent of the population is Evangelical Christian.
One group of Christians in Siberia is forging into unreached territory with the Gospel — not by land, but by water.
“Some of the places that are so difficult to reach, the churches have bought small boats and they take them up the rivers to reach these remote areas where there are no churches, there are no witnesses, and it’s there that they do outreach.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh