Wakhi in Tajikistan

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Wakhi
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People Name: Wakhi
Country: Tajikistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 36,000
World Population: 131,000
Primary Language: Wakhi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Tajik
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
Progress Level:

Introduction

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.

Ministry Obstacles

The Wakhi probably have much misinformation about what it means to know and follow Christ. Pray for enlightened thinking.

Outreach Ideas

Sustained, focused prayer is needed for the Wakhi. Pray the Lord will soften the ground for future missionaries.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Although there are no known Christian believers among the Wakhi, please pray for those who will soon come to faith. Pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers for them. Pray for the Scriptures to be made available to them.

Pray for the Entire People Group

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. Pray for Wakhi families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus.

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