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Lezgin in Kazakhstan

Lezgin

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,400 Lezgi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % Not available   

Lezgin in Kazakhstan

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Introduction / History
In the fourth century BC, 26 tribes speaking a Lezgic language united to form a united state. They were initially influenced by the Persians, and later they were influenced by the Parthians, who had a powerful empire. They have been pressured or conquered by many peoples since that time; the Greeks, Romans, and the Alans. Islamic armies swept into the Caspian seacoast region of the Lezgin people as early as the 7th and 8th Centuries, and has carried huge influence into Lezgin society over the past 1000 years. By the end of the 18th Century, the Lezgin people were considered 100 percent Muslim. Before that time, they retained their animistic religion.

Where are they located?
Most of the Lezgin people live in the mountains near the Caspian Sea of southwestern Russia, but some have migrated to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan or Kazakhstan.

What are their lives like?
Traditionally the Lezgin people have been 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!

What are their beliefs?
Spiritism and animistic practices are still widespread in Lezgin culture along with Sunni Islam. Rags are tied on holy trees or near holy graves to seek spiritual assistance for health or marriage or economic good fortune. They often consult soothsayers.

What are their needs?
It is exceptionally difficult to reach this Muslim people group in their original homeland, but if someone were dedicated to reaching them for Christ, they could do it in one of the Central Asian nations like Kazakhstan where some of them live.

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead the Lezgin people to seek and find Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will send courageous workers to them and faithful intercessors to pray until they have been discipled in the ways of Jesus.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among the Lezgin people that will transform their communities in such a way that other people groups will desire the same spiritual transformation.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13049/RS
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13049/KG
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Lezgin-People/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lezgins

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Country: Kazakhstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:43 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lezgin
People Name General: Lezgin
Alternate People Names:
Lezghi
ROP3 Code: 105742
Joshua Project People ID: 13049
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,400
Population all Countries: 658,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Lezgin
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Lezgi (5,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lez    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2010–2014
New Testament: None Reported
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lezgi
 
 
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Lezgin in Kazakhstan

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