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.
The Wakhi probably have much misinformation about what it means to know and follow Christ. Pray for enlightened thinking.
Sustained, focused prayer is needed for the Wakhi. Pray the Lord will soften the ground for future missionaries.
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 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||Wakhi|
|People Name in Country||Wakhi|
|Population in Tajikistan||34,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Guhjali, Khik, Vakhan, Wakhani, Wakhigi, Wakhs, गुहजली|
|Persecution Rank||35 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Kuhistoni Badakhshon region, Pamir mountains. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Wakhi (34,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||wbl Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Wakhi|
Primary Language: Wakhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|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)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|