The Karachai are a Caucasus people group native to Russia. They live primarily on the southern border with Georgia and some groups live in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The Karachai were once part of the Alan Empire, which was largely Christian, but were later conquered by the Turko-Mongols who converted them to Islam.
They are loyal to their Tukhum, which is a clan-organized community. Like most Muslim communities, the community way of life is largely governed by the Qur’an. Traditionally, there is a mosque at every quarter of the village. Of the approximately 200,000 Karachai, only 50 are Christian. Joshua Project estimates that it would take 5 to 6 workers minimum to work with this people group and pioneer a church planting movement.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Most people groups of the Caucasus region are Muslim and have little Christian presence. In the article “The Black Holes of Russia,” Andy R. states, “The spiritual darkness of the North Caucasus is intense. The grip of Islam is strong, but authentic faith speaks to people who are spiritually destitute.” Pray for more workers who will be a light in the spiritually dark areas of Russia.Problem Solver
Global Initiative serves to being awareness to the need for workers among Muslim people groups. They state that the Muslim world is the modern-day Nineveh. There are 1.5 billion Muslims who do not know Jesus as their savior. The Jonah Initiative prepares workers with the training needed to plant churches and proclaim the gospel to the Muslim world.Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for those under the Jonah Initiative programs, that God will use them to reach Muslims in the Caucasus region.
- Pray for more awareness in the Church of the need for more workers to Muslim people groups.
- Pray Karachai people will find spiritual freedom as they learn the truth of the gospel.