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Karachai People  

 The Karachai (Karachay) people are a testament to mankind’s will to survive. Their history includes being driven into the Caucasus Mountains by invading Mongols, being converted to Islam by the Kabard people, engaging in bloody revolts against Russia, fleeing the repression of the Russian army, having their homeland occupied by Germany, and being deported to Central Asia by Josef Stalin.

If God did not have a plan for the Karachais, they certainly would not have persevered through these and other violent acts. But He does, in fact, have a plan for them. In Acts, Paul explains that God made all the nations, “having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitations (their settlements, lands, and abodes), so that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him…” (Acts. l7:26,27 Amplified).

His purpose in creating and sustaining the Karachais through all manner of opposition is to have a relationship with them. He has continued to pursue them and wants to make known to them the salvation available in Jesus Christ. At present, however, there are no known believers and no mission agencies targeting this people group.

Pray for God to assign laborers to the Karachais; servants who will faithfully share the gospel with them and demonstrate His love in Christ’s ministry. Pray for Karachai hearts to be open to His call to fellowship and eternal life.-CL View article…

 

Lao Phuan of Laos

People Name: Lao Phuan

Country Name: Laos

Population: 120,000

Primary Language: Phuan

Primary Religion: Buddhism

% Evangelical: 0.20

Status: Unreached

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Agul People

The Aguls occupy 21 villages in four valleys, each valley being the homeland of one of four distinct Agul subgroups. Because the terrain in Dagestan is very rugged, the Aguls have had limited contact with neighboring groups. One group, however, exchanges grains and manufactured goods for the Agul’s cheese, butter, wool and woolen products. Even though most Agul people still live as herdsmen, some are involved in the production of cloth, tapestries and felt outer wear. Men usually perform all tasks associated with shepherding including shearing, milking, and preparing dairy products. In the winter months the men go seeking work in the urban centers of the lowlands. This leaves the women to tend the cattle and remain near the villages.

The Aguls were converted to Islam after the Arab conquest of the eighth century. In recent months there has been no mission agency working among them. Since there is no Agul script, neither the Bible nor any other Christian materials have been translated into their language. Presently there is only a handful of Agul believers.

Pray that God will raise up linguists to develop a written script for the Aguls so that the Bible may be translated into their dialects.

Pray that the doors of Russia will remain open for the preaching of the gospel, and that Agul hearts will be open to Jesus Christ.-MH

 

Uzbek, Southern of Afghanistan

People Name: Uzbek, Southern
Country Name: Afghanistan
Population: 1,816,000
Primary Language: Uzbek, Southern
Primary Religion: Islam
% Evangelical: 0.01
Status: Unreached

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I don’t want to hear it! If you don’t like what you read, write a constructive comment and I will put it up, any more mid-level or higher, or the “you disgust me” crap comments will be deleted.

Islam in Russia today
Islam is the second most widely professed religion in the Russian Federation, and it is rapidly growing. This is largely due to the large increase in the birth rate among Russia’s Muslims while that of Orthodox Russians is declining. One Russian expert on Islam, Roman Silantyev, stated that Russia has only between seven to nine million practicing Muslims while the rest are Muslim by culture and name only.

Russia’s Muslims come from extremely diverse ethnic backgrounds. Major Islamic communities are concentrated among the minority nationalities residing between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea: the Adyghs, Balkars, Bashkirs, Chechens, Cherkess, Ingush, Kabardins, Karachay, and numerous Dagestani nationalities. In the middle Volga Basin are large populations of Tatars, Udmurts, and Chuvash, most of whom are Muslims. Virtually all the Muslims in Russia adhere to the Sunni branch of Islam. In a few areas, notably Chechnya, there is a tradition of Sufism, a mystical variety of Islam that stresses the individual’s search for union with God. An estimated 3,000,000-4,000,000 Muslims are migrants from former Soviet regions, including 2,000,000 Azeris, 1,000,000 Kazakhs, and several hundred thousand Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Kyrgyz.

Paul Goble, an expert on Islam in Russia stated, “The Muslim growth rate since 1989 is between 40 and 50 percent depending on ethnic groups. Most of that is in the Caucasus [region] or from immigration from Central Asia or Azerbaijan.” According to the International Mission Board, in 15 years, the population of Muslims in Moscow has grown from one percent to 20 percent. Russia had about 300 mosques in 1991 and now there are at least 8,000, about half of which were built with money from abroad, especially from Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. There were no Islamic religious schools in 1991 and today there are between 50 and 60, teaching as many as 50,000 students. The number of Muslims from Russia going on the haj each year has jumped from 40 in 1991 to over 13,500 today. (Continued tomorrow)

For the full article or for those who want somewhere else to go to be disgusted the origninal article is here http://www.global-prayer-digest.org/monthdetails/2009/md-March-2009.asp

 

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Russia’s Marginalized Muslim Peoples

– by Dr. Patricia Depew

“Russia is Turning Muslim,” Ravil Gaynutdin head of the Council of Muftis announced this message in a recent interview for the Times of London. “We are running out of space to accommodate all the Muslims who pray on Fridays! I expect it will not be long before we will have a beautiful mosque in Moscow’s Red Square!”

Ethnic Russians today are alarmed by such words. Russia has had hundreds of years of conflict with Muslims. To be Russian means you are culturally identified as a Christian Russian Orthodox.

Russia’s Orthodox Christian Roots

The roots to this identity trace back to the late 10th century and Russia’s Prince Vladimir, who wanted his new nation state to have one culture and one national religion. The story goes that he considered Islam. The Arab Muslims had already conquered the Dagestani peoples of southern Russia in the 8th century, and the first official Russian Muslim state was established in Voga Bulgaria in A.D. 922. After considering Islam, he decided that the Russians would never stop drinking vodka, so he figured Islam would not work. Next he looked to the Jews and saw only oppression. After listening to a Roman Catholic missionary, he discerned that his new, independent nation state would need to give allegiance to Rome if they became Roman Catholic. That was not what he wanted. Finally in A.D. 988 he chose Byzantine Christianity after being impressed by the worship style of Greek missionaries from the Byzantine Empire which included mostly what is now Greece and Turkey.

When the communists took over Russia in 1917 they tried, but failed, to crush any form of religion, including the Russian Orthodox Church. When communism fell in 1991, Russia experienced a visible resurgence in religious activity, primarily among the Orthodox. In 1997 Russia passed a law granting freedom of choice of religion for its people. According to a very recent poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, 63 percent of Russian respondents considered themselves Russian Orthodox, five percent considered themselves Muslim, and less than one percent considered themselves Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish. Another 12 percent said they believe in God, but did not practice any religion, and 16 percent said they are non-believers. Only between three and seven percent of Russians attend church even once a month. This figure for church attendance is one of the lowest rates of any Christian nation in the world. (Continued tomorrow)

 

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