Unreached of Day: Today

Gilaki in Iran


Gilaki in Iran

The Gilaki are one of the Caspian peoples, inhabiting the southern coastal region of the Caspian Sea. The inhabitants of Gilan Province have often been the source of resistance and reform movements within Iran. After World War I, the Gilaki demanded national reform and independence for their region. The Apostle Bartholomew may have spent time evangelizing in this area of the world around 50 A.D. Although Christianity was once a powerful presence here, now it is extremely weak. Today, the Gilaki are virtually all Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles

Iran is hostile to any kind of overt Christian evangelistic effort. 

Outreach Ideas

Scripture portions are available in the Gilaki language, as are other resources, including the JESUS Film. They can download these on the internet, or Iranian believers can take them to Gilaki communities.

Scripture Focus

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns."  Isaiah 52:7

Scripture Prayer

Pray for the Lord to send people with “beautiful feet” to bring good news to today’s people group.

Prayer Focus

We know of no Christ followers among the Gilaki people, so pray for many to come to Christ in the years to come. Pray that the Gilaki people would increasingly hunger to receive forgiveness for their sin, forgiveness that only Jesus Christ can offer. May they be dissatisfied with a religion that offers no pardon and no power for living. Pray for them to be sensitized to their need for a sin-free Savior.

Gilaki in Iran

People Name: Gilaki
Pronunciation:gee-LAH-kee
Country: Iran
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,115,000
World Population: 3,119,800
Language: Gilaki
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherent: 1.0%
Evangelical: 1.0%
Bible: Portions
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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