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

The Yakuts, who prefer to call themselves ”Sakha”, live in Yakutia (or the  Yakut Republic, in the Russian Federation), situated in northern Siberia and known for the coldest climate of any inhabited location on the earth. The villages of Oimyakon and Verkhoyank have registered -67,7° C (or -89,9° F). Yakutia is the largest of Siberia’s republics – twice the size of Alaska. The capital city is Yakutsk. The Yakuts are related to other Turkic peoples of Siberia and Central Asia. Many Yakuts are Orthodox Christians (though animism is still strong there). Christianity was brought to Yakutia first in the 18th century by merchants and monks – the first Orthodox diocese was formed almost 150 years ago. Christianity also spread there because in the 19th century it was a place of exile for political prisoners and deportees from Central Russia...

26/04/2020

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.