Sarikoli Tajik in China

Unreached of the Day  7/21/2021

Sarikoli Tajik in China

The Sarikoli Tajiks, otherwise known as the Mountain Tajiks, are another minority tribe living in Xinjiang and they are one of the most unreached peoples in China. Residing in the Pamir Mountains, they have kept their language and culture fairly isolated. The land is harsh, so this agricultural community grows only what they can eat and practices small-scale animal husbandry. Sarikoli Tajik families are composed of multigenerational households, with strict roles and traditions. For centuries, they have lived in tribal and clan structures with the tradition of following Shia Islam. Like the Uighurs and Kyrgyz, they have been victim to the Chinese government's crackdown on ethnic and religious minority groups.

Ministry Obstacles

There are few believers among the Sarikoli Tajiks, and they do not have many ministry resources. Their language is not written and differs from the Tajik language, so they must use the Uyghur language to communicate to outsiders. Nearly all Sarikoli Tajiks adhere to the Shia sect of Islam.

Outreach Ideas

Agricultural development workers who are equipped with the understanding of Christ would have an opening with the Sarikoli Tajiks.

Scripture Focus

"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."  Isaiah 55:7

Scripture Prayer

Pray for true and lasting repentance to come to this people group.

Prayer Focus

Pray that soon-to-be Christians would continue to seek the knowledge of the true God. Pray that Sarikoli Tajik hearts would crave their key role in God's redemptive plan. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement.



People Name Sarikoli Tajik
Pronunciationsar-ree-KOR-lee TAH-jeek
Country China
10/40 Window Yes
Population 45,000
World Population 45,000
Language Sarikoli
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Translation Needed
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings No
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image