Nayini in Iran

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Map Source:  People Group location: Ethnologue Text. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Nayini
Country: Iran
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 9,300
World Population: 9,300
Primary Language: Nayini
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Persian
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

There are three dialects of the Nayini language. However, some see those as three distinct languages. This is a people group defined by their language, so information about them centers around linguistics.

Where Are they Located?

Nayini (pronounced: Na 'ini), or Biyabanak, is one of a variety of languages spoken by people living in the Esfahan Province of Central Iran. Some live in Iraq.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Esfahan Province experiences a semi-arid climate with moderate temperatures. People who speak a Nayini language probably work as herdsmen or farmers. Others have probably migrated to urban centers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Muslims with very limited access to evangelical audio or visual resources.

What Are Their Needs?

There are currently no Bible portions in the Nayini languages, but there are gospel recordings. They need a person of peace to translate gospel materials and radio broadcasts into their language.

Prayer Points

Pray that mission agencies will find a way to produce gospel materials for the Nayini people.
Ask The Lord of the Harvest for favor and wisdom so that mission agencies would be able to work effectively with them.
Pray that they would be inspired with creative solutions to the political and religious challenges that hold back the gospel from the Nayini of Iran.
Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Nayini people.
Pray that FARS-7, a Persian language satellite TV program, will be watched by those Nayini who speak Farsi, and that they will respond in faith to those programs' messages of the gospel.

Text Source:   Global Prayer Digest