Guhjali, Wakhi in Tajikistan



Population

18,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Wakhi

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Introduction

The Wakhi live on both sides of China's remote border with Pakistan. Other Wakhi are located in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Marco Polo described the area when he passed through more than 700 years ago: "...No birds fly here because of the height and the cold. ... The inhabitants live very high up in the mountains. They are idolaters and utter savages, living entirely by the chase and dressed in the skins of beasts." Although the Wakhi have been Shi'a Muslims for centuries, they have retained many animistic rituals.


Ministry Obstacles

The Wakhi probably have much misinformation about what it means to know and follow Christ. Pray for enlightened thinking.


Outreach Ideas

Sustained, focused prayer is needed for the Wakhi. Pray the Lord will soften the ground for future missionaries.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Although there are no known Christian believers among the Wakhi, pray for those that will one day emerge. Pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers for them. Pray for the Scriptures to be made available to them.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for this remote people group, that they will be able to find their way in the 21st century. Pray they make the necessary adjustments to a rapidly changing world.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Guhjali
People Name in Country Guhjali, Wakhi
Population in Tajikistan 18,000
World Population 95,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhigi, Wakhs
Affinity Bloc Persian-Median
People Cluster Tajik
People Name General Guhjali
Ethnic Code CNT24z
People ID 18693
Country Tajikistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Gorno-Badakhshan, Pamir Mountains.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wakhi (18,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wakhi 18,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2001)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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