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Laz, Lazuri in Germany

Laz, Lazuri

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Laz Islam 4.00 % 2.00 % No   

Laz, Lazuri in Germany

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Introduction / History
The Mingrelian live off the southeastern edge of the Black Sea in a region known as Lazistan. Today, the area is divided between Turkey and the Republic of Georgia. In Turkey, the Mingrelian live scattered throughout the country, but many have migrated to larger cities for financial and educational reasons. There, they have access to conveniences such as radio and television.

The Mingrelians of Turkey and Georgia speak two different languages, both of which are unwritten. Although they are closely related, they are not mutually intelligible. Most of the Mingrelians in Turkey also speak the Turkish dialect of their region.

In Turkish folklore, the Mingrelians have a reputation for plundering and piracy. They were notorious as kidnappers, and until the 1800s, they engaged in slave hunts focusing on young children. Today, however, they are respected as industrious, educated, adventurous, and trustworthy people.

Germany is known for having a large Turkish community in their country. Along with the Turks there are some Kurds and Laz people from Turkey living there. The Mingrelian people started arriving in Germany in the 1970s, some 20 years after the Turks began to go there as "guest workers."

Where are they located?
Most Mingrelian people are in Turkey. A smaller number are in Georgia, and even a smaller number are in Germany where they blend in with the Turks.

What are their lives like?
The more intellectual Mingrelian people realize that if they lose their language, they will lose their culture and identity. They could potentially become part of the greater Turkish whole. To stop this, there are Mingrelian people in Germany who are trying to keep their language alive by publishing a newspaper using the Mingrelian language. They are also trying to preserve their music and poetry.

What are their beliefs?
At the beginning of the sixth century, Mingrelians were converted to Christianity. However today, in Turkey, Georgia or Germany, few of them are still Christian.

In the fifteenth century, the Ottoman Empire conquered the area that is now Turkey. This resulted in the conversion of many Mingrelians to the Sunni branch of Islam. Today, almost all Mingrelians in Turkey profess to be Sunni Muslim and are traditionally known for their conservatism in the Islamic faith.

What are their needs?
Their need for the gospel is great, but the tools to reach them are few. Urgent prayer must be made if the Mingrelians of Turkey are to have an opportunity to hear the good news.

Prayer Points
Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching Mingrelian people in Germany for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among the Mingrelian people.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Mingrelian people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Mingrelian people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation 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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Country: Germany
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Laz, Lazuri
People Name General: Laz, Lazuri
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106648
Joshua Project People ID: 13727
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,000
Population all Countries: 108,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Laz, Lazuri
Ethnic Code: CEW17c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Laz (1,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lzz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.00 % 
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: 2018-2020
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterBible: Laz
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Laz, Lazuri in Germany

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      Laz, Lazuri Germany    
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