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Adyghe in Bulgaria

Adyghe

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
500 Adyghe Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % Not available   

Adyghe in Bulgaria

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Introduction / History
Adyghe (pronounced Ah-dig) culture has at its core the values of: respect, hospitality and reverence for elders. Their identity and code of conduct comes from an ancient system of rules, etiquette, and ethos known as Khabzeh. According to Khabzeh, a host is expected to give his life to protect his guests. In return guests are expected to be gracious and behave in a way that honors the host.

Much insight into Adyghe culture and customs can be gathered from Adyghe folk dances. These dances tell stories about everyday life such as courtship, preparing for war, the harvest, and displaying of strength. The stories preserve Adyghe ancient history, and they are predecessors to Greek mythology, containing ancient stories of gods from southern Russia. The Khabzeh came from these Epics.

Adyghes are one of the remaining tribes of a large people group known as Circassians. They lived in the North Caucasus region of Southern Russia for more than a thousand years until they were conquered by ethnic Russians during The Caucasus War (1817-1864). Due to the war, in the late 19th Century at least 1 million Circassians (Adyghes & Kabardians) were deported or fled to areas in the Ottoman Empire including Turkey and the Middle East. Although the Adyghe people still regard the North Caucasus as their sacred home, a majority live outside the region.

Ninety eight percent of all Adyghes claim to be Sunni Muslim. There are approximately 100 Adyghe Christians in the world and there is one indigenous church of about 40 members located in southern Russia. The rest are dispersed among Russian Orthodox and Evangelical churches.

The entire New Testament and 12 books so far in the Old Testament have been translated into the Adyghe language. Adyghes in southern Russia also have access to the Central Asian Russian Scriptures (CARS) which uses language familiar to Muslims.

Present estimates are approximately 140,000 Adyghe in southern Russia, with at least 10 times that many in diaspora locations, especially in Turkey and the Middle East. In Adyghe history, most Adyghe were nominal Christians from the 10th to the 17th Centuries. In the past two decades there is a resurgence in Adyghe self-awareness and ethnic identity. Pray that the Bible in authentic Adyghe will make more and more inroads into Adyghe culture and connect with ancient oral traditions.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Adyghe believers, renewed with fresh winds of the Holy Spirit, will display the noble qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—which will stir many Adyghe to the fulfillment of their ancient noble customs through the indwelling grace of Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit.
* Pray for God to break the stronghold of spiritual apathy that holds the Adyghe people in darkness. II Cor. 10: 3-5
* Pray for God to speak to Adyghes in dreams and visions revealing His plan of salvation. Acts 2:17 Heb.2: 3-4
* Pray for a movement of House Church Planting among the Adyghes in the North Caucasus. Acts 20: 20-21
* Pray for translators to complete the whole Bible in Adyghe within 5 years. II Timothy 3: 15-16
* Pray for men and women of peace (Lk 10:6) in each Adyghe town/village, to be keys to welcoming the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit into each community in the years ahead. II Cor.13:14

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Country: Bulgaria
Continent: Europe
Region: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Adyghe
People Name General: Adyghe
Alternate People Names:
CherkessCircassian
Circassian, WestKjax
Lower CircassianShapsug
ROP3 Code: 100079
Joshua Project People ID: 10161
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 500
Population all Countries: 653,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Adyghe
Ethnic Code: CEW17a
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Language
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Primary Language: Adyghe (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ady    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.00 % 
Non-Religious5.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1977-2007
New Testament:
1991
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Portions
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Adyghe
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
 
 
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