Map Source: People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
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From the rushing waters of the Andiskie Koisu River at the lower Karata village of Nizhni Inkhelo, the mountains catapult upward to the east in the Karata region. Just three miles in, the ranges already tower to nearly 7000 feet. Add another three miles and the mountain ridge to the south reaches 8500 feet in elevation.
The Karata people in western Dagestan live in 10 major villages in this mountainous region and speak their distinctive Karata (accent on last syllable) language.
Like the other people in this region the Karata are a rural people.
They have been Sunni Muslim for more than 500 years and are defensive of their Muslim traditions. Pride and defense of tradition and penalties against violating “collective conformity” are three major barriers in front of a Karata person who would consider a new spiritual option.
The most famous mountain in the Karata region is rendered by translation, “the Eye of the Needle.” Unlike the Rich Young Ruler story in the Gospels, the Karata are not plagued by riches. But other factors in the Karata world make it difficult for them—like ‘through the eye of a needle’—to find their way into the kingdom of Jesus’ grace.
Among the Karata there is a deep, abiding hunger for unselfish overflowing love and true spiritual power. A courageous person will even go through the eye of a needle when they find the pure love that their heart has been longing for. We know many stories such as this from within Dagestan. But it has not yet happened for the first Karata person.
Pray for a first 'Cornelius' or 'Lydia' among the Karata to courageously respond to the resurrection power of Jesus.
Pray for loving Christian friends to honor the Karata language and culture and become bridge people into Karata relationships.
Pray that the Word of God will be infused into Karata culture by creative linguistic efforts and find its way into receptive Karata hearts.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower efforts to translate the Lord’s Prayer into Karata.