Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, and make up the majority of the Taliban and the current Afghan government. There are at least 30 major tribes, and countless sub-tribes and clans. The Pashtun were the traditional rulers of Afghanistan for over 250 years. The essence of their culture can be seen in the code of ethics they live by. This unwritten code is called Pushtunwali ("the way of the Pushtun"), and is close to the heart of every Pashtun. The overwhelming majority of Pashtuns follow Sunni Islam, and follow it fiercely.
Pashtuns have been strongly committed to Islam for generations, and they have been a war-like people, as well. Most Taliban are Pashtun.
There is a network of people committed to praying for and reaching out to the Pashtun. Pray they will work together in a unified manner and that God will allow them to experience breakthroughs in reaching this group.
A small handful of Pashtun have come to accept Jesus as Savior. They very much need prayer. Please pray they will live holy lives, and will be filled with all the fruit of God's Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. This will honor the Lord before their families and friends. Please pray the Lord will place a desire for peace in Pashtun hearts, and that they will increasingly be dissatisfied with anything less than knowing and serving Jesus Christ.
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
|People Name||Northern Pashtun|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|