From 1944-1957, the Soviets forced the Khvarshin out of their mountain homeland region and resettled them into lowland Chechnya. Only in the late 1950s, did the Soviets allow them to return to Dagestan. In years following, some returned to their abandoned mountain villages, and some settled in the northern lowlands of Dagestan.
In current pictures of Khvarshi mountain villages, you see rebuilt, repaired houses standing alongside still-visible ancient ruins. The Khvarshin people of Dagestan speak their own distinct Khvarshi language, and are located in eight mountain villages and in several lowland settlements in northern Dagestan. Life is hard for the Khvarshi. They need spiritual hope!
The Khvarshi practice Sunni Islam mixed with folk superstitious practices.
The Khvarshi need workers to share the gospel in the Khvarshi language and within the Khvarshi culture.
Pray that Holy Spirit anointed workers will go to the Khvarshi.
Pray the Bible and other resources will be translated into the Khvarshi language.
Pray for the distribution of the Bible and gospel recordings to prepared, receptive hearts.
Pray for the establishment of an indigenous and reproducing Khvarshi church.
Scripture Prayers for the Khvarshin in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-17|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-25|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-14|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-07|
|People Name General||Khvarshin|
|People Name in Country||Khvarshin|
|Population this Country||4,100|
|Population all Countries||4,100|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Khvarshi; Khwarshi|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Dagestan Republic: Tsumadinsky district, Khvarshi, Inkhokvari, Santlada, Kvantlada, and Khonokh villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.02 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|