In the 1860s, during the days of the British Empire, the British hired Afghans and Pakistanis to take camel caravans through the deserts of Australia. These were the first Afghans to arrive in Australia. Before 1979, there were a few Afghan students in Australia, but most arrived after the Soviet invasion of their country. Afghans were arriving in larger numbers during the 1990s, and some are still coming there today.
Afghans in Australia usually live in urban centers, especially Melbourne and Sydney. A smaller number live in Brisbane or Perth.
The Pashtuns who live in Australia are usually professional people with skills in medicine, engineering, teaching, or business. They are eager to live their lives in a peaceful land without the hindrance of war and destruction.
Members of the Islamic religion are very difficult to influence. Pashtuns who decide to follow Christ are likely to be banished from their families. Consequently, there have been very few spiritual inroads among the Pashtuns wherever they live, including Australia.
Pashtuns need the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Open their eyes so they can see Jesus as he really is.
* Pray for peace in the hearts of the Pashtun people in Australia.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtuns towards believers so that they will be open to the gospel.
* Pray for an unstoppable disciple making movement among the Pashtuns that will affect their communities in Australia and beyond.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Pashtun, Northern|
|People Name in Country||Pashtun, Northern|
|Population in Australia||8,700|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Khan Saheb, Khans, Musalman, Paktoons, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Safi, Shafi, Western Pathan, पश्तून, नॉर्दर्न|
|Primary Language||Pashto, Northern (8,700 speakers)|
|Language Code||pbu Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Pashto, Northern|
Primary Language: Pashto, Northern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Northern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|General||General Ministry Resources|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|