Unreached Peoples: 7/14


AZERI TURK OF IRAN

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Look at the picture of this man and realize the reality of these statistics. These are not mere numbers. They are numbers that represent realities; eternal realities. Your response will have eternal implications. God’s sovereign work in salvation works in and through the instrument of prayer. The fervent prayers of faithful saints are crucial. Now, read carefully and let these stats sink in as the truth of 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 weighs on your heart. There is so much sobering reality and joyful and glorious truth in these beautifully contrasting verses. Satan blinds. God gives sight. These people are blind. You have the light of the gospel. Let it shine and ultimately pray for God to perform a miracle.

Population: 14,816,000

Language: South Azerbaijani

Religion: Islam

% Professing Christians: 0.02

% Evangelical Christians: 0.00

Access to Bible: None

Access to Jesus Film: None

Progress: 1.1

Persecution Rank: 5 (1 = highest out of 50 ranked nations)

Status: Unreached

10/40 Window: Yes

Brief Information

In Iran the term “Azeri” is used formally for these people; however, informally, Azeris and other Turkic speaking Iranian populations are colloquially referred to as “Tork” (Turk). Despite some friction in the past, Azerbaijanis in Iran came to be “well represented at all levels of political, military, and intellectual hierarchies, as well as the religious hierarchy.” The living conditions of Azeris in Iran closely resemble that of Persians.

Ministry Obstacles
The region of Iran and Azerbaijan does not offer easy access to Christian workers.

Outreach Ideas
The Lord is calling many to His name in Iran. Perhaps Iranian believers will make opportunity to carry the good news of Jesus to the Azeris. Pray the Azeris won’t be overlooked by the movement of the Lord’s Spirit in Iran.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few believers in Christ among the Azeris of Iran at present; pray they will grow both in numbers and in degree of commitment to know and follow Christ. They need prayer support, and they need to fellowship together.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Azeris of Iran will increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran. Pray for growing interest in this Man, for a desire to find out more. Pray this interest will be met with a growing availability of the Gospel of Christ.

May all the earth praise the name of our great Redeemer. May all the peoples praise the glory of God’s unconditional and loving grace. Open their eyes Father. Gaze into their dead hearts and command, “Let there be light!” The spiritual eyes of these unbelieving Azeri Turks are blinded by the god of this world. Pray to the One who gives sight to the blind to shine the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. God’s glory was ultimately illuminated in the Person of Jesus Christ. Pray that the nations would praise His glory. Be actively involved in extending the glory of God to unreached people groups like the Azeri Turks who do not know the glorious Savior.

Information and images courtesy of Joshua Project

See also Operation World

By His Grace – For His Glory – For our Joy

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