The Nuristani people groups are unique amid others living in Afghanistan - so unique they cannot be viewed through a single lens. Their common threads may be religion, ethnicity, and remnants of customs pre-dating their collective conversion to Islam a little more than 100 years ago. As early inhabitants of the Nuristani region in northeast Afghanistan, most still reside there, although two groups - the Malakhel and Ormuri - now live among the Pashtun in Paktika Province southeast of Kabul. Physically, the people favor Europeans; blond or red hair and blue or green eyes are seen frequently. Storied warriors of ages past, Nuristani tribes are described as attractive, athletically-built people. Cited as reliable and loyal, they are creative, too, as attested to by their skilled architecture and craftsmanship.
Afghanistan presents many challenges to Christian workers, and physical danger is sometimes encountered.
Pray for Christian NGOs at work in the country to effectively help the people, and do it in such a way that Christ is honored.
There are no known followers of Jesus today among the Ormuri. Pray the Lord is even now stirring the hearts of many in this tribe to seek forgiveness for their sin, forgiveness that comes only by placing faith in Christ.
Please pray for peace throughout Afghanistan, and for a national government that is competent and just.
Scripture Prayers for the Ormuri in Afghanistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Persecution Rank||2 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Kandahar area; Badghis, Farah, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan, and Zabul provinces. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Pashto, Southern|
|Language Code||pbt Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Pashto, Southern
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
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|Audio Recordings||Pashto Radio|
|Film / Video||God's Love Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Southern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
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