Didoi in Russia

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Introduction / History

The Muslim Didoi people—also known as 'Tsez '—have lived on the edge over the past couple decades. 1st, their location in the southwest corner of Dagestan became 'the edge' of Russia when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. Immediately south is the nation of Georgia. 2nd, internal power factors in Dagestan left them on 'the edge' of Dagestani life, and in 2011 a Didoi delegation even appealed for help from Georgia. 3rd, in 2012-13 mysterious fires started breaking out in a number of mountain Didoi villages, devastating whole villages, and the Dagestani military took over the whole region. The Didoi region—at least 38 total villages—has been 'on edge' for the past four years. On top of that, most Didoi villages are literally built 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."

Will this crisis among the Didoi lead to new openness to the love of Christ? Caring Christians have reached out to the suffering Didoi people—over 20,000 total—but have been mostly blocked by Dagestani powers. If you will pray for the Didoi according to Jesus' compassion in Matt.9:36-38, there is hope.

The name of People Group is Didoi and the name of the language which the Didoi People speak is Tsez

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Didoi, Tsez in Russia.

* In late 2013 in far northern Dagestan in a lowland settlement, a Didoi man (name left anonymous) has come to Jesus! Pray for the Spirit of God working through this 1st Didoi believer in his family and clan and extended relationships. 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)
* In light of the 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 (Mt.9:38) to send the right people at the right time into the right relationships, bringing the grace and power of Jesus into the Didoi world.
* Pray that the Word of God will be infused into Didoi culture by creative Tsez language work, and find its way into receptive Didoi hearts.
* 2017 UPDATE!—A new, small effort is underway to translate The Lord's Prayer into Tsez(Didoi)! Pray for this effort. Luke 18:1-8

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-24
People Name General Didoi, Tsez
People Name in Country Didoi, Tsez
Natural Name Didoi
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 20,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dido; Tsez; Tsezy
People ID 11555
ROP3 Code 102600
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Tsuntinsky district, several villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic: Tsuntinsky district, several villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Dido (19,000 speakers)
Language Code ddo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dido (19,000 speakers)
Language Code ddo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dido

Primary Language:  Dido

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2000)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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