Afghan, general in New Zealand


Population
3,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Afghans have been facing wars and mayhem since 1980, and it seems that the situation will continue indefinitely. For this reason, those who can have moved to other parts of the world like New Zealand. Afghans refers to people from the nation state we call Afghanistan, but it is made up of many Central Asian ethnic groups. The largest is the Pashtuns, also known as the Pathans. They hold the most power in Afghanistan. However, there are many from less powerful ethnic groups who have had to flee the country. For example, there are the Hazaras, who look different, and they are Shi'ite rather than Sunni Muslim. Hazaras are often persecuted, and have to leave the country for that reason. Tajiks are another ethnic group from Afghanistan that tries to escape the ongoing violence.


Where Are they Located?

In New Zealand, you are most likely to find Afghans in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, or Palmerston North.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As of 2000, there has been an Afghan Association of New Zealand whose goal is to help recent Afghans adjust to life in New Zealand. They are also trying to help the various Afghan communities and ethnic groups to get along with one another. Another one of their goals is to help them maintain their culture and their Islamic faith. Afghans in New Zealand are trying to start a new life, and they understand that education is important to reach that goal.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Afghans in New Zealand are Sunni Muslims except for the Hazaras who are Shi'ite Muslim. Some are secularized, sometimes because they are disillusioned by the excesses of the Islamic religion.


What Are Their Needs?

Afghans in New Zealand need language training and opportunities to learn marketable skills in urban New Zealand.


Prayer Points

* Pray for spiritual hunger leading to spiritual searching.
* Pray for believers in New Zealand to reach out to the Afghans with the love and kindness of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among the Afghan community in New Zealand.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_New_Zealanders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O2Yb9C2x1w
http://www.afghanistan.org.nz
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=149226
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19314/AS


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Afghan, general
People Name in Country Afghan, general
Population in New Zealand 3,400
World Population 76,400
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 19314
ROP3 Code 115238
Country New Zealand
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country New Zealand
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Pashto, Southern (3,400 speakers)
Language Code pbt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Southern
Primary Language Pashto, Southern (3,400 speakers)
Language Code pbt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Southern

Primary Language:  Pashto, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (2011)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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 General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Pashto Radio
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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