Diversity of the Azeri
The Azeris are one of the largest ethnic groups in the country. Their unique dialect of Turkish is spoken by well over 10 million people. Azeris live throughout northwestern Iran. They can be found walking the halls of parliament, manning shops in the bazaar, and tending sheep in the valleys and hills.
The Azeris who live in cities have some access to the gospel. In places like Tehran and Tabriz, there are established, historic churches as well as underground house church networks. Nomads, like the Afshar and Shahsavani, work to survive and feed their families in remote areas. They spend their lives seasonally, moving their tents from one place to another. Many of them make their living as herdsmen… unaware of the Good Shepherd who gave His life so that they might have abundant life.
“When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” –John 10:4, NIV
Ask God to tune the hearing of the Azeri to recognize His voice as the Good Shepherd.
There are many Christians among the Azeri. Pray for the church to continue to multiple, and grow deep and strong.
Pray that Azeri believers in cities will be led to share the gospel with their tribal cousins living in villages and tents.