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 look like European; often they have blond or red hair and blue or green eyes. 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.
Physical remoteness and a devotion to the Islamic religious system makes it very hard to reach any of the Nuristani peoples, including the Ormuris.
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.
"And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:4
Pray for this people group to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to proclaim the greatness of God.
There are no known followers of Jesus today among the Ormuri. Pray the Lord would even now be stirring the hearts of many in this tribe to seek forgiveness for their sin, forgiveness that comes only by placing faith in Christ. Pray for peace throughout Afghanistan and for a national government that is competent and just. Pray for a major movement to Christ among each Nuristani people group this decade.
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