The Talysh are an indigenous ethnic group of the West Caspian Sea region, with
major populations in both Iran and Azerbaijan. The Talysh claim to be one million
people, with a much larger population in Azerbaijan than is being recognized.
• The Talysh have been persecuted by the Azeris who are trying to forcefully
integrate all their minorities. As a result the Talysh are demanding autonomy and
have formed the National Talysh Movement to advocate for their rights. Pray that
followers of Jesus might stand with them and communicate to them God's purposes for
them as a people.
• The Talysh are using social media such as YouTube to promote their language and
culture. Pray for the creative use of technology to bring the gospel to the Talysh
and see their identity anchored in Christ alone.
• There are 16 other Iranian languages which are closerly related to the Talysh. Pray
that God might use the Talysh people to bring the gospel to these small and largely
forgotten minority peoples.
Heavenly Father, may the name of your Son Jesus be glorified and highly exalted
among the Talysh, high above all authority and power, until he alone is recognized
as Lord over all.