We are planning to finish the voice audio recording of the whole OT in early 2020, with further editing and adding music planned for late 2020. The existing recordings of OT and NT books on a device called the Proclaimer are being distributed among Tuvans who live in yurts and do not have access to a computer or the internet.

Your donation will help the Tuvan OT audio recording project to be continued in 2020.

The Balkars, a Turkic-speaking people whose ethnogenesis remains unclear, currently constitute approximately 10 percent of the total population of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic in southern Russia. Kabardians and Balkars are not one people, though they live in one area. Even their language groups are different. The Balkar language is a Turkic language and is related to Turkish, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, etc., while Kabardian is a Circassian language, related to Adyghe and more distantly, Abkhaz.

For centuries, the historically Muslim Balkar people have lived in the highlands of the Caucasus Mountains, shepherding their flocks. This livelihood was passed from father to son, beginning at a very young age. Expanding their property to accommodate increased herds is something shepherds strive for, since a man’s fortune is ranked by the number of cattle or sheep he owns. In the 19th century Russian ethnographers spoke about the Balkars as “the most civilized among the mountain dwellers of the Caucasus...

Deaf population in Russia: ≈ 200,000
Status of translation team: active team, consisting of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing members
Long term plans: NT
Current work: Gospel of Mark