When political leaders decide where borders lie, they often do not take into account the people who actually live in the land. Most Talysh people reside in southeastern Azerbaijan and northeastern Iran near the Caspian Sea. Smaller groups live in Russia and Kazakhstan. The Talysh are primarily farmers and craftsmen. They are especially known for weaving rugs, making jewelry and working with silk and felt products.
The Talysh have been Muslims for over 1,000 years and Islam is an integral part of their identity and culture. Becoming a believer in Christ could easily result in persecution by family and community.
Medical teams and humanitarian aid workers can help meet the physical needs of the Talysh. Christian radio programs in the Talysh language could encourage people to want to learn more about Jesus and the Bible.
"I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations." Psalm 108:3
Pray that God will raise up thankful people from among this people.
Ask God to give the tiny number of Talysh believers opportunities to share the gospel with their friends and families. Pray the Lord would raise up Talysh pastors who can teach the Bible. Pray for greater freedom to proclaim the gospel in Azerbaijan. Pray that the newly printed Talysh New Testament would reach the right people. Pray that each Talysh person would get the opportunity to hear about Jesus and that there would soon be a movement to Christ among them.
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|