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Chamalal in Russia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,900 Chamalal Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Chamalal in Russia

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Introduction / History
"Which way do we go to get to this big wedding?" Rasul and Ibraghim, the two young Chamalal fellows, asked their older friend. "Take the river road along the Andiskie Koisu all the way up from Cherkata. It's three hours to Agvali. At Agvali turn west high up into the mountains till you reach Gadiri village. That's where the big wedding is."

Rasul and Ibraghim were two young Chamalal men from an urban region of Dagestan, but they were under instructions to find a Chamalal wife. The most hopeful settings for such a find were large weddings in Chamalal mountain villages where hundreds of young people gathered for two days of dancing.

Where are they located?
Agvali and Gadiri are two of the 14 Chamalal villages in the high mountains of extreme western Dagestan. In these 14 villages, plus eight more across the ridge in the adjacent mountains of southeastern Chechnya, the distinct Chamalal language is spoken by approximately 10,000 Chamalal people.

In Chamalal Region in Dagestan:
1. Gigatli
2. Gadiri
3. Gachitli
4. Agvali
5. Gigikh
6. Kochali
7. Verkhni Gakhvari
8. Nizhni Gakhvari
9. Tsu-idi
10. Tsidatl'
11. Issi
12. Richar-anik
13. Tsumada
14. Tsumada-Urukh

In southeastern Chechnya:
1. Katatli
2. Raku-lakleh
3. Gaid-khe
4. Annhi
5. Ken-khi
6. Kabardatli
7. Bits-ukhe
8. Khilidi

What are their beliefs?
All Chamalal people consider themselves proudly Muslim and follow traditional Sunni Islam mixed with ancient animistic practices. Pray that the rich but harsh heritage of Chamalal culture will be graced with the mercy of Jesus and the Fruit of the Spirit. To date there are no known Chamalal believers.

Prayer Points
* Pray that trained linguists will befriend the Chamalal people and honor their ancient complex language, and in so doing open the door for oral recordings of the good news of Jesus in the Chamalal language.
* Pray that young Chamalal such as Rasul and Ibraghim will connect with Dagestani followers of Jesus in urban areas and become messengers to their own 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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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-04
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Dagestan Republic: Tsumadinsky district. 8 villages; Chechnya Republic.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Chamalal
People Name General: Chamalal
ROP3 Code: 101989
Joshua Project People ID: 19636
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,900
Population all Countries: 9,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Chamalal
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chamalal (9,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cji    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
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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Chamalal in Russia

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      Chamalal Russia    
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