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Archi, Archintsy in Russia

Archi, Archintsy

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,100 Archi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Archi, Archintsy in Russia

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Introduction / History
The weather-beaten face of the aged Archi man shook back and forth negatively—once, twice, three times. An inquiring visitor had asked this patriarch, "Where do the Archi people originate from?"

"No," he responded emphatically, with the negative shakes of his head. "All other people come from us!"

High in the southern mountains of Dagestan in southern Russia, the rugged Archi people fiercely cling to their ancient identity. They are so fierce in their identity that they conclude that they are not the off-shoots of anyone.

Russian government pressure tried to subsume the Archi under the language category of their near-by neighbors—the Avar—but the Archi never internally agreed. Avar is utilized for writing, and secondarily the Russian language, but the Archi spoken language is alive and well in village families.

Where are they located?
The distinct Archi language is spoken in eight Archi mountain villages with a total population of at least 2,000 Archins:

1. Archib
2. Khitab
3. Kalib
4. Keserib
5. Kachalib
6. Khilikh
7. Alchunib
8. Kubatl

What are their beliefs?
The Archi have observed strict Sunni Islam for over 1000 years. Islam in these mountain villages is a blend of the Five Pillars and ancient superstitious practices, such as veneration of sacred trees, common to folk Islam. The Archi are renowned for their strengths of shepherding, weaving, and vigorous honor; but are not renowned for the qualities of mercy and grace, which have often been in short supply in this culture. No representatives of Jesus' grace have yet found their way into relationships within Archi culture.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the gospel of grace and the love of Jesus to find its way into the Archi world through true friends.
* Pray that the Word of God will be infused into Archi culture by creative efforts, and find its way into receptive Archi hearts.
* Pray Matthew 9:36-38 for the Archi people.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-12
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:41 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Dagestan Republic: Arsha community, upper Risor river. 8 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Archi, Archintsy
People Name General: Archi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100483
Joshua Project People ID: 10416
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,100
Population all Countries: 2,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Archi
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Archi (2,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aqc    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 %
Orthodox100.00 %
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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Archi, Archintsy in Russia

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People Cluster
    Caucasus     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Archi Russia    
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