With a population of 4.5 million, Moldova is the smallest and most densely populated of the former Soviet countries. It is also considered one of the poorest nations in Europe, with an annual income of about $880 USD. It is home to a mixture of peoples - Moldovans, Russians, Ukrainians, Bulgarians, and a Turkic people group, the Gagauz. The Moldovan people are mostly Orthodox. Although few attend church and many have never heard the Gospel, the Moldovans are considered spiritually open. Evangelical churches are growing despite occasional persecution and increasing poverty.