Chirag / Amuq in Russia

The Chirag / Amuq have only been reported in Russia
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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.

(*--name changed)

Where Are they Located?

Names of Chirag-Amuq villages:
1. Chirag
2. Amuq
3. Anklukh
4. Shari
5. Khu-duts

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 6,000 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.

Prayer Points

* 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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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-19
People Name General Chirag / Amuq
People Name in Country Chirag / Amuq
World Population 3,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20321
ROP3 Code 116042
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Dargwa (3,000 speakers)
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dargwa (3,000 speakers)
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dargwa

Primary Language:  Dargwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002–2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dargwa
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.07 %)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.93 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Map Source North Caucasus Ethnolinguistic Groups   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source Anonymous  
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