The Batlukh-Gid people live in about 30 villages in the central highlands of the Avar region of Dagestan. These villages are located on both sides of the mountainous Avar-Koisu River. Their language exists in the Avar language family but is so distinct as to be mutually unintelligible from dominant Avar. This region has fiercely practiced Islam for hundreds of years.
The Avar Gid (pronounced Geed) woman proudly commented, "We women do almost all the work and the men do almost nothing." "How do you put up with that?" the cultural observer asked. "Oh, if we waited for the men to do the work, then nothing would get done!"
The Batlukh-Gid, as well as all the mountain peoples in Dagestan, separate male and female in society and in work roles. They enforce "transgression" of these strict separate roles by shame. For example, one mountain village in Dagestan is known as "The Village Where a Man Milked a Cow." That is a shameful designation. Women's work covers everything related to the house, the harvest, and the animals. Men's responsibilities include plowing, sowing and cutting hay, and providing security. One objective observer in a Dagestani Mountain village concluded that the strict division of labor leaves about 70% in the women's category and 30% in the men's category. The locals would say, "That's the way it's always been."
The Batlukh-Gid have been fiercely Muslim for hundreds of years. There are no known Christ followers among them.
The Batlukh-Gid need to see living Christianity in their own culture. As it stands, there are no believers.
Pray for loving workers to go to the Batlukh-Gid.
Pray for courage among "People of Peace" to respond to the gospel.
Pray for the establishment of an indigenous and reproducing Batlukh-Gid church.
Pray for existing Christ followers in neighboring people to take the gospel to the Batlukh-Gid people.
Pray for God to shower his abundant mercy on the Batlukh-Gid people who are enduring violence in their region. May he protect the innocent.
Scripture Prayers for the Batlukh-Gid in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|People Name General||Batlukh-Gid|
|People Name in Country||Batlukh-Gid|
|Population this Country||31,000|
|Population all Countries||31,000|
|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: Terek and Sulak river areas; some in Chechnya Republic. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Avar (31,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ava Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||7364 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Avar
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2008)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Avar||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Avar||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Avar||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||IBT, Russia - resources||Institute for Bible Translation - Russia|