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Karachai in Kazakhstan

Karachai

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,700 Karachay-Balkar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Karachai in Kazakhstan

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Introduction / History
Over the past 600 years the Karachai people have experienced life much like a grape placed in a wine press. Formerly part of the once mighty Alan Empire (nominally Christian), the Karachai were defeated in the 14th Century and forcibly converted to Islam by the Turko-Mongol invader Timur. Conquered again in the 19th Century by Russian czarist imperialism, the Karachai people are all too familiar with distress brought about by defeat at the hands of invading nations.

During World War II they were swallowed up by the German advance through the Caucasus, only to be re-conquered by Stalin's Soviets shortly thereafter. Due to their "acceptance" of German rule, Stalin then deported the Karachai--numbering roughly 80,000 at the time--from their Caucasus homeland to remote parts of Central Asia 1943-1957. Despite 35 percent of their population dying during the forced relocation, many Karachai have returned to their homeland and have begun repopulating their home area in the Russian province of Karachai-Cherkessia.

Now numbering approximately 220,000, the Karachai of the Russian North Caucasus have preserved much of their heritage due to their Islamic cultural identity and their clan-organized communities, called Tukhum. Fiercely loyal within their Tukhum, Karachai have maintained strong family and cultural traditions best observed in weddings, funerals and over-the-top hospitality toward guests. Nevertheless, realizing population growth and retaining cultural identifiers have not changed the Karachai's position on the global stage, or the state of well-being within their society. Karachai culture, on the one hand, is devoted to 'duty'—but, on the other hand, is plagued by cycles of vengeance, corruption, and male drunkenness. Karachai Islamic traditions are a largely 'graceless' dynamic, with no clear understanding of forgiving grace and no indwelling Holy Spirit to revitalize.

At present there are less than 50 known Karachai followers of Jesus and only one evangelical church. The New Testament & Psalms in the Karachai language was completed in the 1990s.

Prayer Points
* Please pray that in their distress the Karachai will turn to the Lord Jesus, not for political power, but for spiritual deliverance from the bondages of Islam and from the devastations of sin and past suffering. Isaiah 61: 1-4
* Pray that Jesus followers will multiply as joyful lives are modeled by believers, and that numerous churches will be firmly established as the body of Christ grows amongst the Karachai. Pray for men and women of peace (Lk 10:6) in each Karachai town/village, to be keys to welcoming the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit into each community in the years ahead. II Cor.13:14
* Pray that the Karachai New Testament & Psalms will spread throughout the culture to open hearts--II Chron 16:9.
* Pray that the love of God will continue to 'disturb' the Karachai people, inviting them away from sin and judgment and toward the marvelous grace of Jesus and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit—Ephesians 3:18,19.
* Pray that the beauty of Karachai culture will bloom as the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23) enlivens the historical richness of the Karachai people.

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Country: Kazakhstan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:34 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Karachai
People Name General: Karachai
Alternate People Names:
AlanKarachay
ROP3 Code: 104628
Joshua Project People ID: 12521
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,700
Population all Countries: 250,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Karachai
Ethnic Code: MSY41z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Karachay-Balkar (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): krc    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Karachay
Dialect Code:11576
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1978-1995
New Testament:
1994Audio
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Karachay-Balkar
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
 
 
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Karachai in Kazakhstan

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