Wakhi in Tajikistan

Unreached of the Day  4/14/2018

Wakhi in Tajikistan

The Wakhi live on both sides of China's remote border with Pakistan. Other Wakhi are located in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Marco Polo described the area when he passed through more than 700 years ago: "...No birds fly here because of the height and the cold. ... The inhabitants live very high up in the mountains. They are idolaters and utter savages, living entirely by the chase and dressed in the skins of beasts." Although the Wakhi have been Shi'a Muslims for centuries, they have retained many animistic rituals.

Ministry Obstacles

The Wakhi probably have much misinformation about what it means to know and follow Christ. Pray for enlightened thinking.

Outreach Ideas

Sustained, focused prayer is needed for the Wakhi. Pray the Lord will soften the ground for future missionaries.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Although there are no known Christian believers among the Wakhi, please pray for those who will soon come to faith. Pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers for them. Pray for the Scriptures to be made available to them.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for this remote people group, that they will be able to find their way in the 21st century. Pray they make the necessary adjustments to a rapidly changing world. Pray for Wakhi families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus.

Scripture Focus

"Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised." 1 Chronicles 16:24-25



People Name Wakhi
Country Tajikistan
10/40 Window Yes
Population 35,000
World Population 116,000
Language Wakhi
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image