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Aimaq, Jamshidi of Afghanistan
Aimaq, meaning tribe in Turkish, is a term that differentiates semi-nomadic herders and agricultural tribal groups of various ethnic origins. They are Sunni Muslim, speak dialects close to Dari, and refer to themselves with tribal designations - Jamshidi being one of these. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, the Jamshidi were forced to lead a nomadic life. Tribalism is strong among all Aimaq groups, feuds tending to be settled by tribal rather than by government authorities. The traditional concept of honor and shame, which is very important in tribal law, is still stronger than Islamic or state law.
Afghanistan does not provide a welcome to Christian workers, plus the area where the Jamshidi live is remote. Access to these people is limited.
Christians need to find ways to minister to the physical and material needs of the Jamshidi tribe, being genuinely concerned for their welfare.
There likely are no Christian believers among the Jamshidi Aimaq tribe today, but pray for the believers that the Lord will soon bring to himself. Pray they will be able to find each other in order to fellowship together. Pray they will be joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances.
Pray the Jamshidi tribe will be able to live in peace with neighboring tribes, and be able to provide adequately for their families. Pray for stability in Afghanistan.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14