Dagestani Avar in Russia

Unreached of the Day  11/21/2021

Dagestani Avar in Russia

pronounced: dah-gah-STAH-nee A-var

The Avar are one of the largest native people groups living in Dagestan, located within the Caucasus Mountain region. They are very devoted to traditional family values. The basic unit of Avar society is the village community. A village assembly and a council of elders govern the community. Sunni Islam has been the prevailing religion of the Avar since the 13th century. Between the 5th and 12th centuries, Georgian Orthodox Christianity was introduced to the Avar. However, the influence of Islam was more lasting, and today the Avar are almost completely Muslim. They hold fast to their religion, and tradition seems to keep them from being receptive to the Gospel.

Ministry Obstacles

The Caucasus region is difficult to enter for geographical reasons, and the peoples of the region are quite insular.

Outreach Ideas

The New Testament is available in the Avar language, as well as other communication tools such as the Jesus film and Gospel recordings. Workers are needed to take these into the difficult Caucasus region.

Scripture Focus

"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."  James 1:12

Scripture Prayer

Pray that the believers in today’s people group patiently endure their afflictions and share the good news with others.

Prayer Focus

There may be a few Christian believers among the Avar. Pray they will be accurately taught the ways of Christ, resting fully in the finished work of Christ on the cross, and trusting His Spirit for an abundant life. Pray for peace in the Caucasus region and especially between Muslims and Christians. Pray that Christianity will be seen as a relationship with Christ rather than as political or cultural in nature.

People Name Dagestani Avar
Pronunciationdah-gah-STAH-nee A-var
Country Russia
10/40 Window No
Population 779,000
World Population 839,800
Language Avar
Primary Religion Islam
Bible New Testament
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image