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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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Khvarshin People

Not only are the Khvarshin (aka, Khwarshi) people unfamiliar to most Westerners, their homeland of Dagestan is a mystery as well. This tiny ethnic group of 3000 people lives in the nondescript Dagestan region of southwestern Russia, near the former Soviet state of Georgia. They are farmers, ranchers, and craftsmen who reside in small villages scattered throughout the mountains. Unless one is specifically looking for the Khvarshin people, they will not be found.

 

But God is looking for them. It is His desire that the gospel reach all 3000 of the Khvarshins in every one of their remote villages. Because of their size and location, the Khvarshins have yet to be presented with the gospel. They do not have the Bible available in their heart language. Another reason they remain unreached is their practice of folk Islam. This potent mixture of shamanism and Muslim rituals has erected a barrier between them and the truth.

 

Someone once compared the lost to prisoners of war held captive behind enemy lines. Liberating them requires launching a rescue mission deep into enemy-held territory. The Khvarshins, like POWs, are waiting to be set free. The only question is: who will go to free them?

 

Pray for God to raise up, equip and send out “troops” who will take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Khvarshins. Ask Him to open prison doors, loose the prisoners from the chains of folk Islam, and lead them into the freedom and joy of His Kingdom.-CL View article…

 

Dosadh, Hindu of India

People Name: Dosadh, Hindu

Country Name: India

Population: 4,930,000

Primary Language: Hindi

Primary Religion: Hinduism

% Evangelical: 0.00

Status: Unreached

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Qwannab Andi People

These people live in tightly packed villages high on mountain ridges in western Dagestan, a region of southwestern Russia, bordering Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea. The Qwannab Andi people number about 10,000. The boundaries around their villages are clearly marked and respected. Each village is divided into quarters, with a central square and a mosque used for religious purposes every Friday. With the growing popularity of Islam in the Russian Federation, it is also growing among the Andi. Many Andis have farms where they raise livestock, but about half of them have immigrated to Dagestan’s lowlands where they have taken work on community farms or in factories. Their clothing is typically European style. However the woman’s costume adds the embroidered headdress in the form of a half-moon, with the ends pointing downward. Popular in earlier times, these are now worn only for ceremonial occasions.

Prior to their conversion to Islam, the Andis regularly visited a culture center on the peak of one of the mountains. Even today the spiritual life of the Andi people includes various elements of superstition. They have neither the Bible nor the JESUS Film in their language, which is divided into seven dialects.

Ask the Lord to call believers who are willing to live and work among the Andis, taking authority over the spiritual forces that have kept the Andis bound for generations. Pray that the JESUS Film, gospel recordings and other evangelistic materials will be available soon.-MH

 Tigre of Eritrea

People Name: Tigre

Country Name: Eritrea

Population: 1,209,000

Primary Language: Tigre

Primary Religion: Islam

% Evangelical: 0.00

Status: Unreached

 

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 Lezgin People

Do you know your alphabet? If you ask an elderly Lezgin woman, she might ask you, “Which one?” Originally Lezghi was written in an Arabic script. Under communism, a Latin script was introduced, later to be replaced by a Russian Cyrillic script in an effort to Russify the people.

Traditionally they are an agrarian and pastoral people. They are well known for the textiles that their women weave. Some Lezgins work in food processing while others work seasonally making jewelry or weapons. Nonetheless, unemployment among them is as high as 60 percent! This is not likely to change even if they had their own independent Muslim state.

Very few Lezgins are followers of Christ. The vast majority are Sunni Muslims whose religion has a lot of pre-Islamic beliefs and practices. That is changing, however, as young people become secularized and Lezgin clans continue to decline in influence as people leave the mountains for Caspian Sea coast towns in Dagestan and Azerbaijan. As a consequence, they are being exposed to Shi’ite Islam in Azerbaijan; and a number are becoming bilingual in the language of Azerbaijan.

Pray for distribution and use of the JESUS Film and for gospel radio in Lezghi. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in their lives so that they yearn to know the One who is Alpha and Omega. Pray for local fellowships of believers. Pray for Christian development workers or businessmen to establish employment opportunities among the Lezgin people.-TP View article…

 

 

Ansari of India

People Name: Ansari

Country Name: India

Population: 9,630,000

Primary Language: Urdu

Primary Religion: Islam

% Evangelical: 0.00

Status: Unreached

 

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Dargin People

Juri joined his father, Sergei, on his annual pilgrimage to the tomb of a Muslim saint. They live in a village high in the North Caucasus Mountains in the republic of Dagestan, Russia. The two cross many streams and rivers as they descend from 3000 meters to the Caspian Sea. Like his neighbors, Sergei grows barley and maize on a small plot with primitive tools. But as they descend from the alpine climate, Juri sees changes. The people are still Dargins, but the farms grow larger, the weather milder, the crops change to wheat, and the farmers have metal plows.

Sergei explains to his son that the “heretical” teaching of Christianity came to their Dargin people before Mohammad was born. “But when Islam came,” he adds with pride, “our leaders recognized its truth, and the rest of our people followed their lead. Now we proudly defend Islam against all heretics.”

In the capital city, Makhachlala, Juri sees many buildings that are in poor repair. Old buses and trucks belch out black smoke as they bounce over pot-holed and cracked roads. But in some areas he sees new buildings. “Those are new mosques,” Sergei explains. “After the atheist communists lost power, we were able to practice Islam openly once more. Now our people are building new mosques as fast as we can.”

Pray that believers in Russia would reach out to their Muslim Dargin neighbors as Christ’s ambassadors. Pray that God would reveal himself to the community leaders so the Dargin people would follow them to the Truth.-EF

 

Jew, Yemeni of Israel

People Name: Jew, Yemeni
Country Name: Israel
Population: 77,000
Primary Language: Arabic, Judeo-Yemeni
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
% Evangelical: 0.00
Status: Unreached

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Botlikh People

“Might makes right” is the lesson the Botlikh people of southern Russia learned in 1999. Their mountainous homeland was chosen by the Russian Defense Ministry for a military base to repel terrorist attacks from the neighboring Chechnya region. Although war was unwillingly thrust upon them, 2,500 Botlikh people fought alongside Russia’s regular army forces against the invaders, resulting in three local residents receiving the Hero of Russia title-the highest award for military valor. An additional 106 people were awarded the Order of Courage.

Despite their war accolades, the peoples of Botlikh are a peaceful group of gardeners who make their living by tending their orchards which provide grapes, apricots, apples, and walnuts not only for them, but for the other nearby regions. The Botlikh peoples barter for other products, especially meat, cheese and wool.

They are a predominantly Sunni Muslim community with no Scriptures in their language. Living in Europe’s least evangelized region, with no active church planting within the past two years, plus Muslim influence bent on forming an Islamic Republic leads to the Botlikh people “perishing for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). A strong national identity coupled with their own language makes it necessary for Christ’s missionaries to learn of these people by living among them in order to plant an indigenous Botlikh fellowship.

Pray for favorable conditions for missionaries to live in this region, translate the Scriptures and plant fellowships.-MB

 

Badhai, Muslim of India

People Name: Badhai, Muslim
Country Name: India
Population: 513,000
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
% Evangelical: 0.00
Status: Unreached


 

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Bagulal People

The Bagulal people are isolated, and nearly extinct, with no written language. They call themselves “Bogatyri” meaning “heroes.” These Sunni Muslims need a true hero! The Bagulals are nearly cut off from the rest of the world by the high mountains of Dagestan. As of 1926, there were only about 3,000 Bagulals in existence. Their isolation is so complete that each village speaks a slightly different dialect of their local language. During the Soviet Era, the Russians saw no future for the Bagulals as a nation, and saw no reason to educate them in their own language, so they imposed the tongue of the more numerous Avar people on them. Avar became the language of education, and the original Bagulal language and culture nearly vanished.

The Bagulals are a rugged Caucasian race with dark complexions and large, broad faces. They were caught in the middle of an often violent convergence of two major religions: Islam moving north, and Orthodox Christianity spreading east from Georgia. Their violent history might explain why single men between 18 and 40 still engage in war games each spring. Farming is difficult due to the rugged terrain and cold climate, so shepherding and some trading are their primary sources of income.

Pray that God will send workers who are willing to learn their complex heart language, live in their rugged and isolated terrain, and tell them about Jesus, their true hero and Savior.-CH

 

Chamar of India


People Name: Chamar
Country Name: India
Population: 49,323,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
% Evangelical: 0.00
Status: Unreached

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