Didoi, Tsez in Russia

Didoi, Tsez
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Map Source:  Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
People Name: Didoi, Tsez
Country: Russia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 19,000
World Population: 19,500
Primary Language: Dido
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Caucasus
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Muslim Didoi people, also known as 'Tsez, speak the Dido language. They have lived on the "edge" over the past couple decades. First, their location in the southwest corner of Dagestan became "the edge" of Russia when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. Second, internal power factors in Dagestan left them on "the edge" of Dagestani life, and third, in 2012-13 mysterious fires started breaking out in a number of mountain Didoi villages, devastating whole villages. On top of that, most Didoi have literally built their villages on the edge of ridges, with houses stacked vertically on top of each other. One burned out village, Khutrakh, by translation literally means "The Edge."

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Didoi have traditionally engaged in raising livestock and limited cultivation. Some Didoi have migrated to industrial centers for work.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Didoi practice Sunni Islam. It is an important part of their identity.

What Are Their Needs?

The Didoi need workers to share the gospel in their Dido language and within their culture.

Prayer Points

In late 2013, in far northern Dagestan in a lowland settlement, a Didoi man (name left anonymous) has come to Jesus! Pray for the Spirit of God working through this first Didoi believer in his family and clan and extended relationships.
In light of the hostility from Muslim powers in Dagestan, pray for more men and women of peace among the Didoi to welcome the love of Christ.
Pray for the Father to send the right people at the right time into the right relationships, bringing the grace and power of Jesus into the Didoi world.
Pray that the Word of God will be translated into Didoi culture and find its way into receptive Didoi hearts.
Pray for the establishment of a viable, indigenous and reproducing Didoi church.

Text Source:   Joshua Project