Northern Pashtun in Afghanistan

Unreached of the Day  8/16/2021

Northern Pashtun in Afghanistan

pronounced: pahsh-TOON

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.

Ministry Obstacles

Pashtuns have been strongly committed to Islam for generations, and they have been a war-like people, as well. Most Taliban are Pashtun.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Scripture Focus

"Yet the time will come when Israel’s people will be like the sands of the seashore—too many to count! Then, at the place where they were told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said, ‘You are children of the living God.’"  Hosea 1:10

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group soon become children of the living God.

Prayer Focus

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.

People Name Northern Pashtun
Country Afghanistan
10/40 Window Yes
Population 2,749,000
World Population 33,700,700
Language Pashto, Northern
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image