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Andalal in Russia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
62,000 Avar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Andalal in Russia

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Introduction / History
Listen to the personal words of a woman who grew up in a large Andalal village—"As a girl, knowing no other way, I was proud and happy that I had been born into a Muslim family. I sincerely believed that Islam was indeed the religion of peace and goodness, and with all my heart I searched for a close relationship with the God of Islam just like millions of honorable people in Muslim cultures do today. But, my story is of a lack of peace in my heart... As I grew up, I was full of pain from many horrible things that had happened to me since childhood. But I couldn't speak about any of this with anyone--the culture of shame and judgment in which I lived was so powerful that it would not allow for this. In the midst of all this, I believed in Allah, although I was experiencing more and more disappointment with the religion in which I was born..."

"As I grew I carried with me a mass of internal confusion, emotional pain, and a catastrophic amount of self-doubt. This kept getting worse because of my father. I feared him greatly. He would often explode in rages in response to just one word. My mother, kind as she was, was not able to teach much to us girls because she herself was so beaten down and unhappy. Often from my earliest childhood I would hear hurled at us from my father's drunken tongue, things like, 'I'll bury you alive!' or... 'I'll cut you up in pieces like cattle!'"

The closely-related Andalal & Qarakh language groups are located in the eastern highlands of the Avar region of Dagestan—Andalal in the central watershed of the mountainous Kara-Koisu River, and Qarakh in the upper watershed of the Kara-Koisu. The languages are in the Avar language family, but are so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible from dominant Avar.

Where are they located?
Andalal villages or towns [central highlands]:

Mana-sul, Ar-kas, Ma-ali, Tun-vi, Darada, Mu-rada, Khvarti-kuni, Tlo-gab, Sekh Koch, Khata-gib, Bala-noob, Agada, Urala, Kho-toch, Khin-dakh, Gunib-[center], Sal-ta, Ke-ger, Kuda-li, Kommuna, Rugudzha, Shu-makh, Un-tii, Ku'la, Shula-ni, Gam-sutl', Akh-nada, Oon-kida, So-gratl', Na-kazukh, Sheet-li, Obokh, Megeb, Bukhti, Shan-goda, Murala, Ku-yada, and Chokh

Qarakh villages or towns [upper highlands]:
Ba-tsada, Charoda, Go-chada, Tlya-rosh, Tsul'da, Ta-lukh, Mo-chib, Go-chob, Mu-gurukh, Tsu-rib[central town], Tse-neb, Magar, Khu-rukh, Kooch-rab, Noo-koosh, Ee-rib, Chva-dab, So-dab, Chi-tab, Khi-nib, Tse-mer, Gi-lib, Go-ab, Rit-liyab, Mu-kratl' and Doos-rakh

What are their beliefs?
This region has been fiercely Muslim for hundreds of years. In Andalal/Qarakh are many amazing cultural historical strengths, but also a tragic deficit of grace, forgiveness, and agape love. Due to these deficits, in recent years even many of the historic strengths grow progressively dimmer in face of the devastating effects of sin.

Prayer Points
* Pray that many, like the author of this writing, will find the grace of Jesus for healing and regeneration (II Chron.16:9).
* Pray for revelation thru dreams and visions (which also was key in this Andalal woman's salvation story).
* Pray for courage among both men and women to embrace the truth and be filled with the Holy Spirit—Acts 2:38-40.
* Pray for apostles and evangelists—Eph.4:11-12.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-22
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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: Terek and Sulak river areas; some in Chechnya Republic.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Andalal
People Name General: Andalal
ROP3 Code: 116311
Joshua Project People ID: 20467
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 62,000
Population all Countries: 62,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Andalal
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Avar (62,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ava    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Andalal-gxdatl
Dialect Code:7362
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
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: 1979-2007
New Testament:
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Avar
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed MatterIBT Russia - resources
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Andalal in Russia

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    Caucasus     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Andalal Russia    
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