The Urdu language is spoken by large numbers of people in Pakistan and North India and is the main language in Pakistan. Urdu speaking people began living in Canada in about 1960. There was much unemployment where they were living and many Urdu who were educated came to live in Canada. It was difficult for them living in Canadian society and the Canadian weather was something they were not used to but things got better for them.
The Urdu in Canada were concerned that they would lose their culture and South Asian community groups were formed to help them here.
The Urdu in Canada are now better adjusted to living in Canada. Their children are doing well in education and in work. They take part politically too. There are also poets among them. The new lifestyle has caused problems regards keeping their traditional religious way of life. An opportunity for the gospel message to be given here.
A large number of Pakistani Canadians live in Ontario. They speak Urdu and English among other languages. Most Pakistanis who come to Canada are students and well educated people, particularly before 1990. Toronto is the city with the biggest Pakistani community. Vancouver is growing in the numbers of them too.
Many are in professional work such as doctors and many have their own businesses. Women work too. Marriages tend to be arranged by parents these days as well.
Most Pakistani Canadians are Muslims with most of them being Sunni Muslims. Pakistanis play a big part in Islamic life among the Muslims. There are some Christians.
* Pray that the Christians among the Urdu will lead the others among them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will give the Urdu dreams and visions showing that Jesus Christ is the way to Salvation and lead them as to what to do next.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Urdu|
|People Name in Country||Urdu|
|Population in Canada||202,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||4|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Hindi, Islami, Muhajirs, Undri|
|Region||North America and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Primary Language||Urdu (202,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||urd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Urdu|
Primary Language: Urdu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1758-2000)|
|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||Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Audio Recordings||Urdu Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Urdu Online Audio Bible|
|Film / Video||A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Urdu|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|