Andi in Russia

The Andi have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

They need workers to share the gospel in the Andi language and within the Andi culture.


Prayer Points

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.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/03/27
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/03/04
http://wikipedia/Andi Ethnic Group


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-03-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-27
People Name General Andi
People Name in Country Andi, Qwannab
Natural Name Andi
Pronunciation ahn-DEE
Population this Country 31,000
Population all Countries 31,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Qwannab
People ID 10310
ROP3 Code 100328
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: Botlikhsky district. 9 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: Botlikhsky district. 9 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Andi, Qwannab in Russia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Andi (31,000 speakers)
Language Code ani   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Andi (31,000 speakers)
Language Code ani   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Andi

Primary Language:  Andi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2007)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2022  Juan Alberto Casado - iStock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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