Dargin in Ukraine

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Introduction / History

The Dargins are one of the larger people groups of southwestern Russia's Caucasus Region. This area is very volatile, and violence can erupt at any time. This violence might be between Russian forces and Dargin separatists or between rival Dargin groups. For this reason, some Dargins have found Ukraine to be a relatively peaceful place to live.

Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Dargin people live in Russia's Caucasus Mountain Region, but some have managed to move to other countries like Ukraine.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In Ukraine, Dargins must adjust to living away from their extended communities. They must learn to speak Ukrainian, though it is similar to the Russian language that most already know. They must face the challenge of making a living in a foreign land.

Today the Dargin define themselves as Muslims.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The ancestors of the Dargins began a slow acceptance of Islam in the 8th century that took centuries to complete. While they claim allegiance to Islam, they practice a religion mixed with many pre-Islamic superstitions. These are reflected in the rite of the first furrow, the spring New Year holiday, the rituals for making and stopping rain, calling out the sun, completing the harvest, and many more.

The Dargin come from a powerful ethnic tradition—indeed the very name 'Dargwa' means 'strong, free communities.' However, bondage to superstition, violent power struggles, pervasive male drunkenness, and other endemic forms of human sin, leave this proud collection of peoples far from free.

What Are Their Needs?

The Dargin people need to be set spiritually free from bitterness, undue distrust and violence. The pattern of distrust and corruption has kept them from even having the chance to hear the gospel in the Caucasus region. That same issue can keep them from hearing about the loving Savior in Ukraine, a country with many serious believers.

Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Dargin communities.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Dargin people in Ukraine and in Russia.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Dargin people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Dargin disciples to make more disciples.

Scripture Prayers for the Dargin in Ukraine.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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People Name General Dargin
People Name in Country Dargin
Pronunciation DAR-ghin
Alternate Names Darghin; Dargwa
Population this Country 1,300
Population all Countries 638,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11505
ROP3 Code 102454
ROP25 Code 301959
ROP25 Name Dargin (Dargwa)
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Dargwa (1,300 speakers)
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dargwa (1,300 speakers)
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dargwa

Primary Language:  Dargwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2020)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dargwa Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
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Profile Source Keith Carey 
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