Tension Mounting in Azerbaijan Border Dispute

Tension Mounting in Azerbaijan Border Dispute

A border dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which has been an issue for decades, has recently escalated. The area in question geographically belongs to Azerbaijan, however, it is populated primarily by ethnic Armenians. In September, Azerbaijan attacked several Armenian positions along the border.

These attacks led another nation into the dispute. In order to present a show of power to Azerbaijan, Iran held military drills at the Azerbaijan border. Supply chain disruptions have been a cause of concern for many countries over the past two years, and the recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia has only exacerbated the issue. Exports from Iran travel through Armenia in transit to Europe, and Armenia is in the process of improving the routes to enable more efficient passage. The Iranian government is concerned that should Azerbaijan attack the border of Armenia, the north-south trade route would be eliminated.

Azerbaijan has a tiny evangelical Christian population of 0.2%. There is a huge need for missionaries, church planters, and firm believers who will share the Gospel and be an example. Sacrificial, Christ-like love is the only hope for the 13 million people represented by both countries, and it is the only way past long-standing ethnic tensions between people groups.

Azerbaijan Ranked as 5th Happiest Country

Azerbaijan Ranked as 5th Happiest Country

A recent poll found that Azerbaijan is one of the ‘happiest’ places in the world. The study ranked the country 5th after Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Ecuador and Colombia.

The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, is consider one of the 50 most instagrammable places in the world.

Of course, happiness is a relative term and not the same thing as joy. The world can give happiness, but only Christ can give true and lasting joy.

Pray for labourers to take the hope of the gospel to the nearly 10 million people of this country in Eurasia country.

Who will go to the 10 million in Azerbaijan?

Who will go to the 10 million in Azerbaijan?


You may be wondering where Azerbaijan even is. Most people may not know or have heard of Azerbaijan. It is surrounded by Armenia, Russia, Iran and the Caspian Sea. Although in Central Asia, it is a Eurasian country and has many associations with Europe. Hopefully, while reading this article, you will learn more about Azerbaijan and its need for the Gospel!

The language of Azerbaijan is Azeri and is actually very similar to the Turkish language. Many of the customs and cultures in Azerbaijan also have similarities to Turkey. It is a country of immense beauty and the capital city is known for its beautiful and unique architecture. 

For a long period of time it was under the Soviet Union but then in 1991, it won its independence. Its borders are sometimes disputed and in recent months there have been fightings between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The country is majority Muslim, with around 92% of the population claiming to be Muslim. Sadly, there is little Gospel witness in the country. The doors are open for the Gospel in Azerbaijan, but few are willing to go. Will you join us in praying for laborers for Azerbaijan and for Azerbaijan to be reached with the Gospel in this generation. Will you consider giving your life to take the Gospel to the people of Azerbaijan?

Some facts about Azerbaijan:

Capital: Baku

Population: 10.1 million

Language: Azeri

  • Azerbaijan has the most mud volcanoes in the world with over 400 that from time to time will explode.
  • They have a city that is built on stilts in the Caspian Sea. Neft Daşları started as an oil rig and then shops and houses started to pop up around it and now it is a complete city on stilts.
  • The horses from Azerbaijan are one of the oldest breeds in the world. They are renowned and loved in Azerbaijan.
  • Its capital city, Baku, is home to the Armwrestling Federation. So, if in the city, be prepared to find people who will want to arm wrestle with you.
  • Although Azeri is the language, many people know and speak Russian. 
  • Similar to Turkey, they love to drink tea, but they will sweeten their tea with jams!
  • It had the first oil rig drilled to it in the world and to this day its major exports are oil and natural gas.

We hope you will join us in praying for Azerbaijan to be reached with the Gospel.