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Digor in Russia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
104,000 Ossetic Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %   

Digor in Russia

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Introduction / History
"I am Digor and I am Muslim. I am also Ossetian and I am also Russian." The Digor middle-aged man was reflecting on the many layers of his identity. More than 100,000 Digor people live in southern Russia, mostly in the mountainous northwest section of the province of North Ossetia.

The Digor also have many layers of language. The Digor speak their own Digor Ossetian language. Digor Ossetian is a sister language to the dominant Ossetian language (based on the Iron dialect)--but the two languages are orally incomprehensible to each other; and both groups resort to Russian as a lingua franca. Digor Ossetian is the most ancient Ossetian branch; and the Persian-related Ossetian language descends from the barbarian Scythians, mentioned in Colossians 3:11.

Where are they located?
Names of Digor towns:
1. Digora
2. Karman
3. Dur-Dur
4. Kora
5. Crau
6. Alagir
7. Kadgaron
8. Sua-dag
9. Chikola
10. Ahsarisar
11. Lesker

What are their beliefs?
A high percentage of Digor Ossetians have been Muslim since the 17th Century; whereas most other Ossetians identify as Russian Orthodox. Have any Muslim Digor people found their way to Jesus' saving grace? A handful have, in several cities of the Digor region in northwestern Ossetia. But the barriers are great.

1st, there is deep-seated Muslim resistance to Jesus as Savior.
2nd, intense Digor traditional ways are rooted in Islam and animism.
3rd, "Christianity is seen as for others, not for us." But,
4th, there is a deep hunger for grace.

Most helpful will be advances, both in written and audio form, of the message of the gospel in the native Digor language. The Gospel of John is completed, and Matthew is half done. When the message of Jesus is in the heart Digor language, doors begin to open to Digor hearts.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Gospel of John in Digor, now in audio form, to be widely distributed.
* Pray for further progress on Matthew and other books of the New Testament.
* Pray for new Digor believers to offer the grace of Jesus in Digor style to their friends, so that the promise of Colossians 3:11 can be fulfilled in our generation—"Christ is all, and in all."
* Pray for Men & Women of Peace in Digor towns and clans—Luke 10:6

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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-27
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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
Location in Country:Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya and Kabardino-Balkariya; north of Ossetic in Georgia.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Digor
People Name General: Digor
ROP3 Code: 116038
Joshua Project People ID: 20317
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 104,000
Population all Countries: 104,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Caucasus
People Name General: Digor
Ethnic Code: CNT24e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ossetic (104,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): oss    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Digor
Dialect Code:15357
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.03 %(Evangelical: 0.02 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.98 % 
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: 1848-1984
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2010
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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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 Ossetic
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Digor in Russia

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    Caucasus     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Digor Russia    
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