The Botlikh people live in Dagestan. Until the 1930s the Russian government considered them to be a distinct people. Since then, the government has classified them as Caucasian Avars and has campaigned to have them assimilate into that group.
The people of Botlikh speak their distinct Botlikh language and Russian as a second language. Botlikh village is high in the mountains, but it sits in a secluded valley, known for its unusually moderate climate.
The region is famous for its fruit trees, even grapes and apricots, which grow bountifully in this unusual environment amidst the rugged mountain ranges of western Dagestan.
Traditional Islam, tinged with ancient folk customs, holds sway in this region.
The Botlikh people need the chance to hear and respond to the gospel. They need Scripture portions widely distributed among them and hearts that are open to salvation by grace.
Pray that the fruit of the Spirit, will multiply 30-60-100-fold among the Botlikh people.
Pray that the few urban followers of Jesus in Dagestan who have connections into the Botlikh culture will follow the voice of the Spirit like Philip did on the road to Gaza in Acts 8 and reach key men and women inside the Botlikh world.
Pray for linguistic/ethnographic initiatives for this proud mountain people will be accurate and complete.
Thank the Lord that a translation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Botlikh language will get into many Botlikh hands.
The Botlikh live in Dagestan, a land of war. Pray what Satan meant for evil (fighting), God will use for good to bring many people to humility and the saving work of Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Botlikh in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|People Name General||Botlikh|
|People Name in Country||Botlikh|
|Alternate Names||Botlig; Bótligh; Botlix; Botlog; Botlukh; Buikhatli; Buykhadi|
|Population this Country||7,200|
|Population all Countries||7,200|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Dagestan Republic: Botlikh and Miarsu villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|