Digor in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Digor only in Russia

Population

97,600

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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.


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. First, there is deep-seated Muslim resistance to Jesus as Savior. Second, intense Digor traditional ways are rooted in Islam and animism. Third, "Christianity is seen as for others, not for us." But, fouth, 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 to be completed in audio form, as planned.
* 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."


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Digor
People Name in Country Digor
Population in Russia 97,600
World Population 98,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Persian
People Name General Digor
Ethnic Code CNT24e
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North Caucasus mountain region

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ossetic: Digor (98,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ossetic: Digor 98,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1848-1984)
New Testament Yes   (1848-2004)
Complete Bible Yes   (2010)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Osetin
General Got Questions Ministry
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-27

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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