Twenty one villages high in the southern mountains of Dagestan have been home to the Agul people for millennia. The Aguls were converted to Islam after the Arab conquest of the 8th Century.
Most of Dagestan is rugged, but the rocky harsh terrain of the Agul villages represents one of the highest levels of rugged for this eastern Caucasus region. Hard-working, weather-beaten faces are the norm in village after village. This mountain lifestyle has created toughness, which is to be highly esteemed. On the other hand, warmer qualities of grace, forgiveness, compassion are typically in short supply.
The Agul sheep and their shepherds swarm through lowland territories and temporarily block roads and congest small villages, before they pass on through—heading either further downhill or back up into the high Agul elevations.
Though Agul men are renowned shepherds, many also work in construction in urban centers during the winter season, while the women of the family keep mountain village households going during the long winter months.
The Aghul people are entirely Muslim.
Jesus was clearly thinking of precious ones like the Agul when it's recorded, "...he looked on the multitudes with compassion, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matt.9:36). The Agul, more than most, would vividly understand what it's like for “sheep to be without a shepherd.”
There is currently only one known Agul believer, but there is more hope. Through long perseverance, the Gospel of Luke has been completed in Agul, both in written and audio form. A second publication on the Parables of Luke was also prepared, with illustrations. A gifted young couple has come to serve the Agul with needed linguistic skills. The Agul language is like a rare butterfly and, so, this linguistic service is most appropriate.
Pray for loving Christian friends, carrying the kindness of the Savior, to come near the Agul people.
Pray for translation projects which include the Lord’s Prayer and oral translation of two books of the Bible.
Pray for people of peace (Lk.10:6) to notice when representatives of the gospel of grace come near to them.
Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to continue to send the right servants at the right time into the right relationships in the midst of Agul culture.
Scripture Prayers for the Aghul in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|People Name General||Aghul|
|People Name in Country||Aghul|
|Alternate Names||Aguly; Koshan|
|Population this Country||35,000|
|Population all Countries||35,000|
|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: Agulsky and Kurakhsky districts; Moscow; Stavropol region. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Aghul
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Aghul||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Aghul||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||IBT, Russia - resources||Institute for Bible Translation - Russia|
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|Map Source||People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.|
|Profile Source||Joshua Project|
|Data Sources||Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.|