The Andi live in the high mountains of Dagestan next to the western border with Chechnya. Until 1926, Russia listed the Andi as a distinct ethnic group in the census. Thereafter, it listed them in the Avar ethnic group. Throughout their long history the Andi people have exhibited great strengths —remarkable elements of culture and beauty—but mercy and grace are not in the list of those strengths. They enshrine the value of blood vengeance and cycles of violence have continued on many levels through the generations.
The Andi speak their own distinct Andi language and live in 12 major villages. Add into the Andi mix a rigorous Sunni Muslim identity—Islam has been dominant among the Andi for at least 600 years. The Andi exhibit rich elements of Muslim culture, such as strong emphasis on family and hospitality but also exhibit a lack of forgiveness and mercy and grace, resulting in endless cycles of violence.
The Andi practice Sunni Islam. But there has been one Andi man who embraced Christ. "What surprised me most.... was the amazing love of God. … And when I understood that God is my Father, I received much joy!" He is the first follower of Jesus among the Andi people. This man represents the hope of a powerful life-giving strength that is far greater than the old fleshly way of vengeance and violence.
They need workers to share the gospel in the Andi language and within the Andi culture.
Pray for anointed workers to go to the Andi. Specifically, pray for someone to disciple the few Andi Christ followers.
Pray Andi believers to allow the radiance of the Fruit of the Spirit to shine through them. May Andi people be drawn to the light of Christ!
Pray for divine grace on the fledgling beginning of Bible translation in the Andi language, especially the Gospel of Luke. Pray this will result in an accurate JESUS Film in the Andi language.
Pray for the establishment of a viable, indigenous and reproducing Andi church.
Scripture Prayers for the Andi, Qwannab in Russia.
http://wikipedia/Andi Ethnic Group
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|People Name General||Andi|
|People Name in Country||Andi, Qwannab|
|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: Botlikhsky district. 9 villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Andi
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|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
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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. Read more|