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Lost City

Country: India
Population: 1,620,000
Main Language: Marathi
Main Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Status: Unreached
Christ-Followers: Few, less than 2%

What are their beliefs?
The main belief is in God rather than themselves. The Maratha also believe in spirituality and life after death. Some are also involved in black magic as well. The cow is considered a sacred animal and is believed that it has 33 crore (1 crore = 10 million) gods inside her stomach. The main praying point is a temple. There are many gods. It is believed that there are in all 33 crore gods in the Hindu religion.

Prayer:
- Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to the Lost City and share Christ with them.
- Pray for those who are already working among them, and those who the Lord is leading there.
- Ask God to give the believers in the Lost City opportunities and boldness to share the Gospel with their own people.
- Pray that God will open the hearts of Indian governmental leaders to the Gospel.
- Pray for the removal of the caste system that prevents the sharing of the Gospel, and the belittling of the people
- Pray for good solid teaching and discernment among the Indian believers.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of those in the Lost City toward Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
- Ask God to raise up teams of intercessors who will stand in the gap for these people.
- Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Lost City of India.
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Amami-Oshima in Japan

Country: Japan
Population: 9,900
Main Language: Amami-Oshima
Main Religion: Buddhism
Bible: None
Status: Unreached
Christ-Followers: Few, less than 1%

Introduction / History
The Kunigami of Japan are made up of seven closely related people groups living in the Ryukyu Islands. This small chain of islands, which includes Okinawa, is located to the southwest of Japan, between Kyushu (the southern tip of Japan) and northeastern Taiwan. The Ryukyuan peoples are of Japanese and southeast Asian descent. Their languages vary from island to island and their dialects from village to village.
Although their dialects are all quite similar to Japanese, the tribes are not able to understand one another. Some of the once dominant native languages spoken include Northern and Southern Amami-oshima, Toku-no-shima, Oki-no-erabu, Southern Ryukyuan, and Yayeyama. Unfortunately, all of these are gradually being replaced by Japanese among the younger Kunigami, who speak little or none of these native languages.
In times past, while under subjection to China and Japan, the Kunigami learned to be peaceful and accepting, while considered “backward” and “culturally less” by others.

What are Their Lives Like?
Long ago, the Kunigami lived as independent merchants who sailed to China, Japan, and other Asian seaports. Today, most of them are farmers. They raise sweet potatoes and rice, their staple foods, as well as other cash crops.
The family is the center of Kunigami cultural life. It is not unusual to see entire families leaving together to tend the fields, where each one is responsible for his share of work. The people work hard and long, and have very little spare time. In general, a Kunigami does not like being alone. Any amount of free time they can afford is spent with their families or friends. The younger children often sleep together and older widows may have one of their grandchildren sleep with them.
Kunigami women are traditionally kept in subjection to their husbands. At celebrations, the men stay separated from the women, usually drinking sake (rice wine).
According to family tradition, a firstborn son has the greatest financial advantage. After marriage, the firstborn son and his wife live in his father’s house until his parents have died. However, long before that time, he is responsible for managing the rest of the family and its finances. In times past, the fear of “dishonoring one’s family” kept crime under control in the smaller communities.
Kunigami children enter school at eight or nine years of age and continue until they reach about sixteen. Today, there are three universities in the island region. Formerly, their goals included acquiring an abundance of livestock, food, and friends, and having as large a family as possible. Since the Japanese took control of the islands in 1879, these goals have changed. The Japanese introduced a system of education that discouraged students from speaking their native languages and encouraged them to speak Japanese. The students were even punished for speaking their own languages in class. Consequently, the native languages have been lost as the younger Kunigami have sought to identify with something they consider greater than themselves: a world class nation.
Progress through education and contact with the outside world has moved the Kunigami from a self-sufficient lifestyle to one of dependence on outside factors. These factors include selling cash crops, making money through tourism, and working for soldiers on U.S. military bases. Many Kunigami have moved to larger islands or other countries in search of jobs and better living conditions.

What are Their Beliefs?
Most sources consider the Kunigami to be Buddhist; however, traditional shamanistic practices are still prevalent. This means that they believe in many unseen gods, demons, and ancestral spirits. The spirits of their ancestors are believed to live in the tombs where they were buried. The people believe that the spirits must be regularly invited back into the lives of their descendants so that they may continue to exist. For this reason, each person considers himself a continuation of the life of his family.
The people also believe that unseen powers known as kami control the ancestral spirits and other areas, including the sea and land. The ancestral spirits are honored on a community level, but the kami are worshipped privately in the homes. If the kami are not appeased, it is believed they can bring harm to a family or individual. The people must seek permission from the kami before making any type of decision.
The father of the house maintains the religious rituals in the home and cares for the ancestral tombs. The women serve as “mediators” between the kami and the people.

What are Their Needs?
Because the Japanese consider the Kunigami second class citizens, the Ryukyu Islands have become “dumping ground” for the mainland’s elderly and handicapped citizens. The Kunigami search for national pride and association with the rest of the world has not afforded them with the peace they desire. They need to know that true peace can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to the missions agencies that are currently focusing on the Kunigami peoples of Japan.
* Ask God to give the Kunigami believers opportunities to spread the Gospel among their own people.
* Ask God to call forth prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among each of these tribes.
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Afshari in IranAfshari in Iran

Country: Iran
Population: 355,000
Main Language: Azerbaijani, South
Main Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Status: Unreached
Christ-Followers: Few, less than 2%

Introduction / History
The Afshari are descendants from the larger Azerbaijani people cluster that occupies a wide area from Caucasus to the Iranian plateau. The Afshars (sometimes spelled Avshar) are a nomadic turkic tribe which originated in central Asia and is now found in parts of Iran, Syria and Turkey. Many Afshari make their home in the area surrounding the Iranian city of Kemerman.

What are Their Lives Like?
The Afshari are well known as skilled carpet weavers. The men practice animal husbandry, while the women sell their highly prized rugs, runners and decorative pieces. Their large families live in tents in tents hand- woven from black goat hair. They are semi -nomadic, moving between winter and summer pasture lands. In recent decades trucks and motorcycles have replaced camels and horses. Most Afshari families own a radio and a cassette recorder, they are connected to the world by radio and they love to listen to music.

What are Their Beliefs?
The Afshari are primarily Muslims of the ithna ashari tradition but there are some Hanafite Muslims as well. Isla, among the Afshari is a reflection of the historical ties that exist between Azerbaijan and Iran. Until the twentieth century, most Afshari identified themselves as Muslim rather than Azerbaijani. They believe that being a”spiritual community of Islam” was much more important that being a nation. Among the Afshari, religious practices are less restrictive of women’s activities than in most of Muslim countries. The majority of Afshari have jobs outside the home and a few have attained leadership positions. However, some evidence of the traditional, restrictive female role remains.

What are Their Needs?
The Afshari livng in Iran are very resistant to the Gospel. Currently, there are no known believers among them. The availability of the Jesus film and scriptures are all positive aspects. But with only one missions agency targeting them, reaching the Afshari remains a difficult task.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Christian radio programming in the Afshari dialect of Azerbaijani. * Pray that gospel recordings will soon be distributed in their communities. * Pray that Afshari people who may have studied abroad and become believers in Christ will return to their people and spread the gospel.
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