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Why Pray4Pashtuns Exists:
To mobilize strategic prayer worldwide for a movement of Pashtuns turning to Jesus.
2 Cor. 10:3-5a “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldy weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.”
Calling All Prayer Warriors!
Imagine what one of the most fierce, passionate and courageous people groups in the world can do for the Kingdom of God once they submit their lives to Jesus!
Pashtuns have left their mark in the world. They are well known for their bent towards Islamic fundamentalism and culture of revenge. The Taliban movement originated in Pashtun tribal areas and to this day Pashtuns hold very conservative muslim beliefs. Can you imagine a world where the Taliban lay down their weapons and pick up their cross to follow Jesus? God is ready to change the narrative; the Pashtun will leave a new mark in the world. This time, it will be for the Kingdom of God!
Join this movement in praying that God will unleash a church planting movement among the Pashtun people. Receive weekly prayer updates to pray strategic and relevant prayers. The weekly prayer updates will be between 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length and will focus on asking God to usher in a multiplying movement of Pashtuns turning to Jesus. If you prefer to understand the needs more fully, use the resource section to learn more about the Pashtun people in order to pray more informed prayers.
Who are the Pashtun?
The Pashtun – Largest Unreached People Group in Central Asia
The Pashtun, a group of roughly 50 million people living primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan, form both the largest tribal society in the world and the largest unreached people group in Central Asia. Some famous Pashtuns include Hamid Karzai and Malala Yousafzai. Pashtuns are very proud of who they are. Their identity hangs on two things; 1) Pashto – how well they follow the ethical and cultural way of life passed down from their ancestors and 2) Islam -to be Pashtun is to be Muslim. The Pashtun have very little exposure to the gospel. The vast majority of them live and die without ever hearing the gospel or even meeting a Christian who could tell it to them.
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To Be Pashtun…
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a group of people more hospitable than the Pashtuns. You could say that hospitality is their love language; it’s the way they build relationships, show appreciation, affection, and honor. Pashtuns are also extremely loyal. They are famous for being willing to die to protect a guest who has entered their home even for the first time. Once they side with someone they will never defect. To be Pashtun is to keep your promises, sometimes at great cost to themselves or their family. To be Pashtun is to be inseparably connected to a community. Decisions that westerners would deem personal are made by the family group. Both suffering and joy are felt as deeply by the community as by the individual experiencing them. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how these characteristics could be powerful reflections of Christ to the world.
To be Pashtun is to be Muslim and= follow rules of Islam with zeal. In every Pashtun home and neighborhood you will find them praying five times a day, strictly keeping the fast of Ramadan, and referencing God and Mohammad in even the most common conversations. Their strict interpretation of Islam leads to a practice called purda. Purda literally means curtain; it is the separation of women from any men who are not close relatives. Women wear burkas and rarely leave their homes due to purda. Pashtuns believe in evangelism of their own religion and often financially support travelling evangelists or go on trips themselves. Pashtuns believe that the problems in their society can be solved by everyone following Islam more strictly or becoming better Muslims.
Problems mark the lives of Pashtun society as a whole and as well as smaller family groups. Without doubt you’ve heard of the years of continuous violence in places where Pashtuns live. Outside forces such as poverty, floods, earthquakes, and armies have destroyed much of their land. Pashtuns have also been known to cause destruction among their own tribes and even families through a practice called badal, or revenge. Pashtuns feel a deep need to avenge every wrong. This can escalate from an angry fist fight to murder over land rights. The family of the murdered person then avenges the death by killing someone from the murderer’s family. Whole families can be wiped out before a decision for peace is finally reached by the community.
Is it starting to sound like Pashtuns are far from God, even his enemies? The Bible teaches that we were all God’s enemies before we turned to Christ in faith. Jesus died to make the Pashtuns his friends, his brothers, to join himself to them as their Priest and King and God. God is beginning to work. There are somewhere between 500 and 600 Pashtun believers known today. Some are still isolated and some are meeting as churches and some are even taking the gospel to other Pashtuns. Yet, as you can see there is much work to be done. Only a tiny fraction of Pashtuns have heard the gospel, and a smaller fraction of those have put their faith in Jesus.
Will you join us?
God encourages us, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin[.]” (Zechariah 4:10a) We invite you to join this work that God is beginning by praying. We believe that God works through our prayers. Sign up to pray for Pashtuns every week in hope of worshipping with many of them in heaven someday.