The Persians, Kurds, and speakers of other Indo-European languages in Iran are descendants of Aryan tribes that began migrating from Central Asia into what is now Iran in the 2nd millennium BC. In present day Iran, Kurds express their cultural identity freely, but have no self-government or administration. During the 19th and 20th centuries, successive Iranian governments crushed Kurdish revolts. The Southern Kurds of Iran live primarily along the Iraq-Iran border in the Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Luristan. The Kurds of this region make their living in much the same way as their relatives in Turkey and Iraq: farming and raising cattle and goats. Southern Kurds are primarily Shia Muslim, and this has created tension with Kurdish groups which are Sunni Muslim.
Access to Kurdish areas by outsiders is restricted.
The Lord is calling many Kurds to himself, and there is a growing community of Christians among the Kurds. Pray these people will grow in number and maturity such that they will be able to effectively take the Gospel message to all Kurds.
"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain," Hebrews 6:19
Pray that the Spirit leads this people group to hope in Christ and that He becomes the trustworthy anchor of their souls.
Please pray for the Southern Kurds who know and follow Jesus, few in number. Pray they may be filled with joy and peace, and overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for peace in Iran between the Kurdish minority and the Iranian government. Pray also for adequate rainfall for crops and livestock.
|People Name||Southern Kurds|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|