Afghan Pawinda in Pakistan

The Afghan Pawinda have only been reported in Pakistan
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Afghan Pawinda were nomads who lived in Afghanistan in the summer and moved to Pakistan in the winter. They make their living through their livestock and by trading goods with the local people. They speak Central Pashto, one of the main languages of their area.


Where Are they Located?

The Afghan Pawinda live either in Afghanistan or Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pawinda of Afghanistan and Pakistan are viewed as gypsies and considered unimportant by many people in this region. They have no rights of settlement and must move through the area, staying only three days in one place at a time. They live in dangerous areas where everyone must protect themselves and their property; armed militias have infested the land.

Because of their location and nomadic lifestyle, the Pawinda are very difficult to reach with the gospel. It will take people willing to live an uncertain life, moving from place to place to reach them for Christ. However, Muslim missionaries have managed to reach these nomadic herders in the past. Will those who follow Christ take Him to those who now follow the teachings of Mohammed?


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Afghan Pawinda are Sunni Muslims. Islam is a central part of their identity, though they look to other "resources" for their daily needs. Those who are devout pray five times a day and fast during the month of Ramadan, just as they are taught to do. They believe their only chance of salvation comes from obedience to the laws spelled out in the Koran.


What Are Their Needs?

The Afghan Pawinda need the opportunity to have education, clean water and medical facilities for their people. They also need to experience the acceptance and love that will never come from their neighbors but will come from the King of kings if they only allow Him into their lives.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Afghan Pawinda in Pakistan.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Afghan Pawinda people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Pawinda families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Pawinda people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Pawinda people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in their families.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/pawinda-people/
http://fatapakistan.blogspot.com/2011/08/powindah-pawaindah-or-pawinda-tribes-of.html
https://geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=6053250&fid=4603&c=pakistan
https://books.google.com/books?id=sOFaDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT192&lpg=PT192&dq=Afghan+Pawinda&source=bl&ots=dpoGIcc7HD&sig=ACfU3U0Y-_QjmhEBRKazvgk0MMm1oZ1T9A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj60pOr85_hAhXqIDQIHad2AuoQ6AEwB3oECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Afghan%20Pawinda&f=false


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Afghan Pawinda
People Name in Country Afghan Pawinda
Population this Country 1,800
Population all Countries 1,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names आफ्गॅन पविन्दा
People ID 19475
ROP3 Code 115237
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Pashto, Central (1,800 speakers)
Language Code pst   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pashto, Central (1,800 speakers)
Language Code pst   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Central

Primary Language:  Pashto, Central

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video God's Love Story
General General Ministry Resources
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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