The Muslim Didoi people—their language is named ‘Tsez’—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."
The Didoi have traditionally engaged in raising livestock and limited cultivation. Some Didoi have migrated to industrial centers for work.
The Didoi practice Sunni Islam. It is an important part of their identity.
Will this past decade of crisis among the Didoi lead to new openness to the love of Christ? Caring Christians have several times reached out to the suffering Didoi people but were sometimes blocked by Dagestani power structures. If you will continue praying for the Didoi according to Jesus’ compassion in Matt.9:36-38, there is hope.
In light of the past hostility from Muslim powers in Dagestan, pray for more men and women of peace (Luke 10:6) 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.
The Didoi are known as “the Eagle People.” Pray that the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit will help them “rise up with wings as eagles, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.” (Isa. 40:31) Presently, there are no known Jesus followers among the Didoi.
The Lord’s Prayer in Tsez is now published on artistic colorful cards. Pray for these life-giving words of the Lord to circulate deep into the Didoi culture and to penetrate hearts.
Pray for a new linguistic open door for the Didoi people. One is arising through academic linguistic research of a gifted Christian. The Didoi live in Dagestan, a land of war. Pray what Satan meant for evil (fighting), God will use for good to bring many people to humility and the saving work of Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Didoi, Tsez in Russia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|People Name General||Didoi, Tsez|
|People Name in Country||Didoi, Tsez|
|Alternate Names||Dido; Tsez; Tsezy|
|Population this Country||19,000|
|Population all Countries||20,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Didoi (Tsez)|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Dagestan Republic: Tsuntinsky district, several villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Dido
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|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Text / Printed Matter||IBT, Russia - resources||Institute for Bible Translation - Russia|