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Batlukh-Gid in Russia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Avar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Batlukh-Gid in Russia

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Introduction / History
Strong Women. The Avar Gid [pronounced 'Geed'] woman proudly commented, "We women do almost all the work and the men do almost nothing." "How do you put up with that?" the cultural observer asked. "Oh, if we waited for the men to do the work, then nothing would get done!"

Strong separation of male and female in society and in work roles is the way not only of the Batlukh/Gid peoples and the Avar, but of all mountain peoples in Dagestan. 'Transgression' of these strict separate roles is enforced by shame. For example, one mountain village in Dagestan is known as 'The Village Where a Man Milked a Cow." That is a shameful designation. Women's work covers everything related to the house, the harvest, and the animals. Men are responsible for plowing, sowing & cutting hay; and for security and travel. One objective observer in a Dagestani mountain village concluded that the strict division of labor leaves about 70% in the women's category and 30% in the men's category. The locals would say, "That's the way it's always been." Yes, life is hard for Dagestani village women. Grace is needed.

The closely-related Batlukh, Gid language groups are located in the central highlands of the Avar region of Dagestan, spreading out in villages on both sides of the mountainous Avar-Koisu River—Batlukh to the west of the river, and Gid to the east of the river. The languages are in the Avar language family, but are so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible from dominant Avar. This region has been fiercely Muslim for hundreds of years.

Where are they located?
Names of Batlukh villages [west of river]:
Verkhnii Batlukh, Nizhnii Batlukh, Andiikh, Mogokh, Zanata, Assab, Golotl', Nakitl', Koroda, Kara-dakh and Kheb-da

Names of Gid villages [east of river]:
Goor-Khindakh, Nizhnii Kolob, Goor, Ka-khib, Kho-toda, Urada , Ti-dib, Gen-ta, Ma-chada, Khin-dakh, Ru-gel'da, So-moda, Gidatl', Urukh-Sota, Novi Urada, Sa-chada, Tlyakh and Khu-chada

Prayer Points
* Pray for the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the infusing strength of the Holy Spirit (II Cor.13:14) to come to the Batlukh and Gid villages. There are many historic strengths in these cultures and qualities of beauty, but the Fruit of the Spirit is deeply needed to release locked-up potential.
* Pray for bridges of true friendship to be built from representatives of Jesus' grace to friends within these villages-Matt.9:36-38.
* Pray for courage among 'People of Peace' (Luke 10:6) to respond to the Gospel--Acts 16:30.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-10
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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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People Name in Country: Batlukh-Gid
People Name General: Batlukh-Gid
ROP3 Code: 116313
Joshua Project People ID: 20469
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 31,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Batlukh-Gid
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Avar (31,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ava    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Batlux
Dialect Code:7364
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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Batlukh-Gid in Russia

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