Pashayi, Southeast in Afghanistan

The Southeastern Pashayi speak the Southeast dialect of Pashayi, which is unintelligible to other Pashayi speakers. Pashayi are tribal people. They are often led by a village council which is the authority on issues affecting the entire village. The council is composed of extended family members from each family unit. Personal disputes are left to be resolved by the individual who was hurt in some way, which often leads to feuds. The Pashayi value masculinity and honor more than anything else. The idea of an ideal man among the Pashayi is a man who is a proud warrior, one who is loyal to his family, one who is dangerous to his enemies, and a man who is always prepared for a feud when necessary. The Pashayi converted to Islam in the late sixteenth century. They are Sunni Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles
The Pashayi fear that following Christ will cause alienation within their community.

Outreach Ideas
Much persistent prayer is needed for all the peoples of Afghanistan. Spiritual opposition to the Gospel of Christ is intense but will be overcome by prayer.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely are no followers of Jesus today among this tribe. However, please pray for those who will soon come to know and follow Christ. Pray they will see the importance of fellowshipping together for encouragement and edification.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace in Afghanistan, and for increasing freedom for all the peoples to improve their lot in life. Pray they will understand the importance of seeking education for their children.

Scripture Focus
"I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations ... Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth." Psalm 57:9-11



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