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Zaza-Dimli of Turkey
Dimli means "of Dailam", and it is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect, and are seen as heretics by the Kurds, who are Sunnis. The Dimli follow Alevi Shiite religious traditions.
There is a need for Scripture and other language-based resources in the language of the Zaza-Dimli.
Gospel radio broadcasts will be helpful, but sustained prayer is needed for the Zaza-Dimli.
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the Zaza-Dimli, but pray for those that will soon be evident. Pray that Zaza-Dimli believers will be well grounded in Scripture, and will be zealous to grow in the faith.
Pray for these people to live peaceful lives, establishing good relationships with the Turkish government and other ethnic groups.
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96:3