Praying Through the Window III -- October, 1997

The Unreached Peoples

Day 16

Pashtun Homeland: Afghanistan, Pakistan
Religion: Sunni Islam

Many Pashtun families in Afghanistan value family honor above all else. Family pride is behind the hospitality lavished on visitors. It is also behind the practice of keeping all adult women covered decently. Millions of Pashto-speaking families, also known as Afghan, live in the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates, Iran, and Tajikistan, in hundreds of clans. While the Jesus film is available in Western Pashto, it has not been widely distributed. At least a portion of the Bible has been translated into the dialects of most Pashto-speaking people groups, but finding a Bible in Afghanistan is not easy. There are very few Pashtun believers, and nearly all of these live outside of Afghanistan. As of 1996, there were only a dozen Christian missionaries in Afghanistan who could speak the Pashto language.

God of mercy, we pray that heads of households would understand the forgiveness found in Jesus' blood, and that women and children interested in Jesus would not suffer for it.

Baluch Homeland: Pakistan
Religion: Islam (Sunni)

Each year millions of Baluch celebrate Eid ul Azha or the Sacrifice Holiday. On this day Muslim families around the world kill a sheep or goat, much as Abraham sacrificed the ram God provided. Each family divides the meat from the butchered animal into three portions: one for the needy, one for their neighbors, and one for the family. The next few days are filled with feasting on meats prepared in tasty traditional dishes. Many Baluch follow this custom even though they do not really understand the reasons behind it. "It's tradition," they explain.

Father, reveal to the Baluch your sacrifice that ended sacrifices. Bless those who are reaching out to the Baluch and anoint the radio programs which go where there are no missionaries.

Aimaq Homeland: Afghanistan, Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)

The Aimaq people, are semi-nomadic herders from a variety of smaller tribes and clans, totaling more than a million people. They herd sheep, goats, and horses. They also weave elegant and unique carpets by hand. Living in yurts, tents made of animal hair, they usually move their herds to the mountains in the summer and back down to the valley in the fall. There are no known believers or churches and no known Christian work focusing on them.

Lord, forgive us for neglecting peoples like the Aimaq. Raise up workers to live among them, learn their languages, and live out your love like human love letters.

Brahui Homeland: Pakistan, Afghanistan
Religion: Islam

A century ago all Brahuis, or Kur Galli, were nomads and herders. Today many Brahui live in settled villages. Physically, Brahui tribesmen resemble their Baluch and Pashtun neighbors. They speak their own language, related to the Dravidian languages of distant south India. One mission is working among the Brahui people, but at present only a handful of the Brahui are Christian.

Spirit, mold these few Brahui believers into a strong and multiplying church. Give them boldness and wisdom to share rightly to others within their culture.

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