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Bagulal in Russia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,800 Bagvalal Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Bagulal in Russia

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Introduction / History
Winter up among the high Caucasus peoples, such as the Bagvalal, really runs from late September to the end of April. The ridge above the Bagvalal village of Kvanada sits at 8500 feet. Southeast of Tlondada village the mountains soar to 11,000 feet. Numbering at least 6000 people, the Bagvalal people of western Dagestan speak their own distinct language and live in six major villages at high altitude.

Snow covers the Bagvalal villages typically from October until the end of April. For the cattle and sheep to survive the winter, it's crucial to accomplish massive hay gathering from the nearby hillsides in July, August, and September. Other items of the harvest are stored and pickled for the winter, and the residents hope that 4-wheel drive vehicles can successfully make it in and out of the region several times during the winter for resupply.

Where are they located?
Names of Bagvalal villages: Kvanada, Gimerso, Tlisi, Tlibisho, Khushtada, Tlondada

What are their beliefs?
The Bagvalal are rugged, with fierceness on many points and few elements of grace. The atmosphere is complemented by traditional Sunni Islam, with its dictates of 'works righteousness' and a distant, stern Allah God. The Bagvalal would be greatly warmed by the love of God, the grace of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit—but for centuries now among the Bagvalal it's felt like "forever winter, and never Christmas."

Prayer Points
* Pray for carriers of Jesus' grace to become true friends of the Bagvalal, studying and respecting (and helping preserve) their amazing, complex language.
* Pray that bridges of relationship for God's love and the joy of the Holy Spirit will open up, perhaps starting with connections with the few Bagvalal who live in urban areas of Dagestan.
* 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: 2009-03-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-05
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:41 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Dagestan Republic: Tsumadinsky district, Khushtada, Tlondoda, Kvanada, and Gimerso; Akhvakhsky district, Tlissi and Tlibisho; a few other communities.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bagulal
People Name General: Bagulal
ROP3 Code: 105501
Joshua Project People ID: 12896
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,800
Population all Countries: 6,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Bagulal
Ethnic Code: CEW17b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bagvalal
Language Code (ISO): kva    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 %
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 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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Bagulal in Russia

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People Cluster
    Caucasus     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Bagulal Russia    
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            Bagulal in Russia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Bagvalal  
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