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Bezhta in Russia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,300 Bezhta Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % No   

Bezhta in Russia

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Introduction / History
"The first book ever published in our language!" The Bezhta man was celebrating the historic breakthrough which took place for his people in 1999. This breakthrough is even highlighted regarding the Bezhta in the definitive secular linguistic work by Koryakov, The Register of Caucasus Languages—"The first book in the Bezhta language was published in 1999, using the Cyrillic script."

What is doubly remarkable is that "this first book" was the Gospel of Luke from the New Testament. How did this amazing gift of grace happen among this staunch Muslim people? Magomed, the trailblazer of the Bezhta Gospel of Luke, must be 'a man of peace' as described by Jesus in Luke 10. Sometime in the early 1990s Magomed was exposed to Jesus and the Gospels and decided to make it his project to get the Gospel of Luke into a published form in his Bezhta language. This was not only a translation process. He also needed to create the first written Bezhta alphabet! To do this, Magomed worked from the Cyrillic script used by Russian and the nearby Avar language and then added additional letter symbols to cover Bezhta sounds which are in neither Avar or Russian. For thousands of years the Bezhta language had been only an oral language.

The Bezhta are a mountain people located in the extreme southwest corner of the Russian province of Dagestan, near the border with Georgia. As a matter of fact, at least 1000 Bezhta live across the border in two Georgian mountain villages—Chatliskure and Saruso. In these Georgian villages they still speak the Bezhta language. Back in the home region of Dagestan reside at least 9000 Bezhta, primarily in three villages—Tlyadal, Khosharkhota, and the central large village named Bezhta. Bezhta speakers also live in several enclaves in the northern lowlands of Dagestan.

(Names have been changed.)

Where are they located?
In Primary Bezhta Region: Khosharkhota, Tlyadal and Bezhta (accent on last syllable).
In Georgia: Chatliskure and Saruso.
In Northern Dagestan: Kachalai and Kara-usek.

What are their needs?
"So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, without accomplishing that which I please and prospering in the thing for which I sent it"(Isa.55:11).

Who will pray persistently (Luke 18:1-8) for this clear promise of Isaiah 55 to be fulfilled among the Bezhta, based on the Gospel of Luke already among them? Who will pray that Holy Spirit-empowered disciples of Jesus will be sent to enlarge this bridge with this Bezhta 'man of peace '—just as Jesus sent His disciples out with His gospel in Luke 10? Who will go? (Rom. 10:13-15; 15:20-21)

Prayer Points
Pray for representatives of Jesus' love to come who are linguistically gifted and ready to serve the Bezhta people with "language respect."
Pray for these servants to honor the Bezhta language and help preserve it. This will touch the hearts of Bezhta people.
Pray for these friends to team up with linguistically-gifted Magomed, and ultimately bring more of Jesus' words of grace into the Bezhta language.
Pray for the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to break through into open hearts among the Bezhta and spread from clan to clan and village to village (II Chron.16:9). Summer 2014—Huge News!!—First 2 Bezhta have come to Jesus!—in northern Dagestan.
Pray for courage & Fruit of the Spirit thru Aslan & Zina.
Pray for many to be reached thru them!! Isa.60:1-3
* 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.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-23
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Dagestan Republic: Tsuntinsky district, Bezhta, Tlyadal, and Khasharkhota villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bezhta
People Name General: Bezhta
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104620
Joshua Project People ID: 12518
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,300
Population all Countries: 10,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Bezhta
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
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Primary Language: Bezhta (9,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kap    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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / Video / Animation
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bezhta
Text / Printed MatterIBT, Russia - resources
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Bezhta in Russia

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      Bezhta Russia    
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