Introduction / History
"I’m so happy, but what will my family say? What will they do to me?" Nefi-zat*, the first believer in Jesus among the Chirag people, expressed her deep dual feelings. Nefi-zat had been touched by the grace of Jesus. A city friend had told her a personal story about how the true God was a loving Father who had provided for total forgiveness of sins. The next day Nefi-zat along with her younger sister took the step of repentance and received this gift of forgiveness through Jesus and the promised Holy Spirit.
Three years ago these two sisters became the first believers in Jesus among the mountain Chirag people. But what will happen with their family? Many times when women come to Jesus in austere Muslim families they are threatened with death. Nefi-zat and her younger sister have gone through the fire of opposition but are still alive. Will there be reconciliation with their family? It partially depends on how fierce the Muslim intensity is in a family circle. Many times the radiance of the Fruit of the Spirit in the new believer’s life touches family members deeply. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough.
What are Their Beliefs?
The Chirag are a rugged mountain people from high in the south central mountains of Dagestan. Their home village in a high river valley sits at nearly 6000 feet in elevation. Combined with the closely-connected sister language of the Amuq people, all together there are five Chirag-Amuq villages and an approximate 3000 total population in this distinct language group. Many Chirag-Amuq now live in the city regions of Dagestan.
* Pray for divine protection for the new Chirag believers.
* Pray that the radiance of Christ in their lives will touch other open hearts among their relatives, and that the precious grace of Jesus will spread from clan to clan among the Chirag-Amuq.
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