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Dargin in Ukraine


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,400 Dargwa Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Dargin in Ukraine

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Introduction / History
The Dargins are one of the larger people groups of southwestern Russia's Caucasus Region. This area is very volatile, and violence can erupt at any time. This violence might be between Russian forces and Dargin separatists or between rival Dargin groups. For this reason, some Dargins have found Ukraine to be a relatively peaceful place to live.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Dargin people live in Russia's Caucasus Mountain Region, but some have managed to move to other countries like Ukraine.

What are their lives like?
In Ukraine, Dargins must adjust to living away from their extended communities. They must learn to speak Ukrainian, though it is similar to the Russian language that most already know. They must face the challenge of making a living in a foreign land.

What are their beliefs?
The ancestors of the Dargins began a slow acceptance of Islam in the 8th century that took centuries to complete. While they claim allegiance to Islam, they practice a religion mixed with many pre-Islamic superstitions. These are reflected in the rite of the first furrow, the spring New Year holiday, the rituals for making and stopping rain, calling out the sun, completing the harvest, and many more.

The Dargin come from a powerful ethnic tradition—indeed the very name 'Dargwa' means 'strong, free communities.' However, bondage to superstition, violent power struggles, pervasive male drunkenness, and other endemic forms of human sin, leave this proud collection of peoples far from free.

What are their needs?
The Dargin people need to be set spiritually free from bitterness, undue distrust and violence. The pattern of distrust and corruption has kept them from even having the chance to hear the gospel in the Caucasus region. That same issue can keep them from hearing about the loving savior in Ukraine, a country with many serious believers.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Dargin communities.
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Dargin people in Ukraine and in Russia.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Dargin people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Dargin disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-03-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-03-12
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Country: Ukraine
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Dargin
People Name General: Dargin
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102454
Joshua Project People ID: 11505
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,400
Population all Countries: 459,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Dargin
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dargwa (1,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dar    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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2002-2013
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Dargwa
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
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Dargin in Ukraine

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    Caucasus     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Dargin Ukraine    
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