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Lezgin in Russia

Lezgin

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
425,000 Lezgi Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % Not available   

Lezgin in Russia

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Introduction / History
The dynamic young Lezgi man, imitating the eagle, fell to his knees, leapt up and twirled with rapid foot movements, with his outstretched arms swooping above him. Nearby, but not touching him, the gracious Lezgi woman, with demure hand movements and light artistic footwork, appeared to be floating across the floor as she responded symmetrically to the male dance. Celebrating a village wedding, the two were dancing the Lezginka, the world-famous dance with its origins in the Lezgi people of the eastern Caucasus region. Or, perhaps, they were dancing the Lezginka on the stage of a packed-out theatre in front of 1000s in London or Munich or Moscow. The ancient folk dance of the Lezgi people expresses the proud history and cultural dynamism of the 800,000+ Lezgis of southern Russia and northern Azerbaijan. Lezgi—over 450,000 in Russia; an estimated 350,000 in Azerbaijan.

What are their lives like?
In the 90 Lezgi towns and villages of Dagestan the Lezgi raise sheep and goats, combined with subsistence agriculture, leather working, and textile production [famous hand woven carpets]. Life is similar in the more than 50 Lezgi towns and villages of northern Azerbaijan; with the exception that in Dagestan Russian serves as the 2nd language, whereas Azeri is the 2nd language for Lezgi in Azerbaijan. The Lezgi language, however, is alive and well—with robust oral activity in Lezgi villages, homes, and schools; and a huge reservoir of Lezgi literature and music. Many Lezgi have also out-migrated from rural Lezgi regions to urban areas of Dagestan and Azerbaijan, primarily for economic reasons. Patriarchal social structure among the Lezgi remains strong, especially in village life and in demarcated urban enclaves.

What are their beliefs?
Islamic power swept into the Caspian seacoast region of the Lezgi people already in the 7th and 8th Centuries, and has carried huge influence into Lezgi society over the past 1000 years. By the end of the 18th Century, the Lezgi people were considered 100% Muslim. Spiritism and animistic practices are also widespread in Lezgi culture. Rags are tied on holy trees or near holy graves to seek spiritual assistance for health or marriage or economic good fortune. Soothsayers are frequently consulted.

What are their needs?
As epitomized in the majestic Lezginka, there is a nobility in ancient Lezgi culture. This, however, as elsewhere in the world, does not leave the people immune to the effects of sinful human nature. And neither spiritism nor Islam provides the cleansing forgiveness of Jesus or the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. In the past two decades there are now 75+ Lezgi followers of Jesus in Dagestan, and more than 100 Lezgi believers in Azerbaijan. Pray for their influence to spread and multiply—Colossians 1:6. Of great significance is progress in Lezgi Bible translation. The Four Gospels & Acts and a Children's Bible have been published in Lezgi, and sixteen additional NT books are in process. From the OT, Ruth, Esther & Jonah have been published, and ten more OT books are in process. There is a strong Bible translation team, including Lezgi believers. This work connects with the heart of Lezgi language and culture. An ancient text in a Lezgi tribal language, from pre-Islamic times, even contains Bible translation portions. Pray that the best of noble Lezgi culture will be infused with the regenerating power of Jesus' grace.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lezgi believers to shine as bright lights in the midst of their Lezgi families & clans. Phil.2:12-15
* Pray for men and women of peace (Luke 10:6) in each one of the 142+ Lezgi towns & villages, to be keys to welcoming the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit into each Lezgi community in the years ahead. Matthew 9:36-38 & Hebrews 2:3-4
* Give thanks for the Translation Work which is underway. PRAY for wide reading! II Timothy 3:15-16
* Pray for many Lezgi to dance, full of the joy of the Holy Spirit, in the years to come. Isaiah 55:11
* Pray for the noble Lezgi culture to be graced with the Fruit of the Spirit in the next generation. Gal. 5:22-23
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-03-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-03-17
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Dagestan Republic: west of Caspian sea coast; central Caucasus.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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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: Yes
Population in Country: 425,000
Population all Countries: 658,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
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 (425,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lez    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: 0.02 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.98 % 
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
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 Russia

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