Passionate is a word that well describes much about the Pashtun tribes, who originated in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are said to love or hate with equal intensity, displaying fierce loyalty to friends, yet defending the right of badal (revenge or blood feuds) where enemies are concerned. An old proverb reveals much, "He is no Pashtun who does not give a blow for a punch." Such thinking would have impressed Germans 80 years ago, but not in today's world where Germany has a strong industrial economy.
The excesses of war have taken a terrible toll on the Pashtuns in Afghanistan. Destruction and poverty have driven many of them to safer countries like Germany.
The largest Pashtun community in Germany lives in Hamburg.
In Europe, you will find Pashtun shop owners, restaurant owners and workers, entertainers, and medical professionals. Pashtuns around the world want their young adults to marry a Pashtun from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Usually when a Pashtun lives outside their homeland for any length of time their expectations for marriage and family life changes. These changing expectations will be affecting Pashtun families in Germany for decades.
Pashtuns have their own code of honor called Pashtunwali, which they have embraced for thousands of years. This code of honor involves personal honor, revenge, and hospitality to strangers. Pashtunwali tends to become weaker for those who live in urban areas, and especially for those who have migrated out of the country. However, Sunni Islam is still a central part of Pashtun identity.
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 an unstoppable disciple making movement among the Pashtuns that will affect their communities in Germany.
* Ask God to call those who are willing to go to Germany and share Christ with the Pashtuns.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2008-04-11|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-04-10|
|People Name General||Pashtun, Northern|
|People Name in Country||Pashtun, Northern|
|Population in Germany||38,000|
|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 (38,000 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|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Text / Printed Matter||Multi-Language Media|
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|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|