Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh in Azerbaijan

Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh
Photo Source:  Fariz Abasov 
People Name: Khinalug, Ketsh Khalkh
Country: Azerbaijan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,100
World Population: 4,100
Primary Language: Khinalugh
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 1.50 %
Evangelicals: 1.42 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Caucasus
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Khinalug people have lived for many centuries in one village situated high in the mountains of Azerbaijan, near the Sahdag Peak in the Quba district. Xinaliq village is located seventy km by road southwest of Quba town. It is has an elevation of 2,500 m above sea level.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Houses in the village are constructed of stone, with traditional flat earth-and-timber roofs which form terraces reached by wooden ladders from below or from the connecting streets above. Xinaliq village is famous for its unique language, which is native to no other location.

For Khinalug, the most important purposes were family life, communication within the village, and gaining prestige among others in the village. A secondary purpose for Khinalug, especially among women, was religious activity. Men are mostly concerned with making money.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The people of Xinaliq village are Sunni Muslim. The residents said that Islam plays an important role in the life of the village.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khinalug people need to accept the warm embrace of the only Savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.

Prayer Points

Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead the Khinalug from darkness to light.

Pray for signs and wonders among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.

Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.

Text Source:   Joshua Project