From leading evangelism programs to feeding children in Colombia and Venezuela to teaching English classes to working with victims of human trafficking to helping children of prostitutes and drug addicts to raising two precious little boys, Jacob and Courtney Santos lead very busy yet rewarding lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Courtney attributes their joy in the journey to being obedient to Christ and having a relationship with Him. 

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UPg for this episode:

The Bashkir Muslims of Russia

The UPG for this episode is the Bashkir Muslims of Russia. With a population of 1,7 million, the Bashkir Muslim UPG has fewer than 1 percent who claim to be Christians.

What are their needs?

The Bashkirs know very little about their own history. They are a people who lack security in who they are. They need to know that this security can only be found through Jesus Christ!

Although the Bashkirs are not as zealous as other Muslims, any form of Islam is difficult to influence. This stronghold can only be broken down through powerful intercession.

Here are four important prayer points for the Bahkirs of Russia:

  1. Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Bashkirs.

  2. Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Bashkir Christians.

  3. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of these Muslims towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.

  4. Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Bashkirs.


Every year 15,000 Bashkir Muslims die without Christ, many of whom never hear the Gospel in their lifetime. Please help change that by keeping them in prayer.