Gilaki in Iran

Unreached of the Day  5/04/2021

Gilaki in Iran

The Gilaki are one of the Caspian peoples, inhabiting the southern coastal region of the Caspian Sea. The inhabitants of Gilan province have often been the source of resistance and reform movements within Iran. For example, after World War I, the Gilaki demanded national reform and independence for their region. The Apostle Bartholomew may have spent time evangelizing in this area of the world around 50 A.D. Although Christianity was once a strong presence here, now it is extremely weak. Today, the Gilaki are virtually all Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles

Iran is hostile to any kind of overt Christian evangelistic effort.

Outreach Ideas

Scripture portions are available in the Gilaki language, as are other resources such as the Jesus film. But workers are needed to take these to the people. Creative means of access will be necessary to do this.

Scripture Focus

"Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!"  Psalm 95:1-2

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from today’s people group will sing joyfully to the Lord, the rock of their salvation!

Prayer Focus

There may very well be no followers of Jesus among the Gilaki people today. If there are some, they need prayer support. Also, pray for those the Lord will soon draw to himself. Pray that scripture and other teaching resources would become available to them. Pray the Gilaki people would increasingly hunger to know forgiveness for their sin, forgiveness that only Jesus Christ can offer. Pray they would not be satisfied with a religion that offers no forgiveness for sin and no power for living.



People Name Gilaki
Pronunciationgee-LAH-kee
Country Iran
10/40 Window Yes
Population 2,949,000
World Population 2,949,000
Language Gilaki
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Unspecified
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image