Passionate is a word that well describes much about the Pashtun tribes of Afghanistan. They are said to love or hate with equal intensity, displaying fierce loyalty to friends, yet defending the right of badal - revenge or blood feuds - where enemies are concerned. Behavior expected without question includes hospitality and protection for guests, provision of refuge to a fugitive, and acceptance of a sincere offer of peace. There is a slow but growing number of scattered Pashtun believers but a vibrant, indigenous, disciple-making movement has yet to take root and spread.
Among the Pashtun in both Afghanistan, conservative Islam, tribal traditions, state and social opposition, and the hostility of family, combine to resist the growth of Christian faith.
Believers can minister to the physical and material needs of these people who have suffered much.
"Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe." Hebrews 1:1-2
Pray that today’s people group comes to understand that the one, true God has spoken through His Son, Jesus Christ. Pray they would have the wisdom to listen to Jesus.
Pray for Pashtun followers of Jesus to be effective in demonstrating how Jesus blesses and heals families and communities. Pray for the few believers among the Pashtun, that they may grow in Christ and be zealous to know and serve him. Pray for their protection. Pray for stability and peace in Afghanistan, for the government to be able to maintain order and an environment where people can live safely and productively. Pray for Pashtun from every tribe to sit at table with Christ in His Kingdom!
|People Name||Southern Pashtun|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|