Afghani, general in Canada

Afghani, general
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People Name: Afghani, general
Country: Canada
10/40 Window: No
Population: 60,000
World Population: 743,800
Primary Language: Dari
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Pashtun
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Afghans have experienced wartime trauma since the 1980s without a foreseeable end to the fighting in sight. As a result, Afghans have fled Afghanistan and relocated to such countries as Canada for freedom and a much higher quality of life.

The largest ethnic Afghan group is referred to as the Pashtuns, who are known in Pakistan as Pathans. They are considered to be the original bearer of the ethnic name Afghan, before any other group began populating and residing in the nation alongside them.

What Are Their Lives Like?

After fleeing the conflict, Pashtuns have benefited from relocating to multiple Canadian provinces and restarting in such cities as Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal, as well as each of these cities’ suburbs.

In Canada, Pashtun families have banded together to form communities, utilizing their skills for trade to open and sustain restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses throughout Canada. Pashtuns have acquired the land and property to build mosques within their communities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Pashtuns are Sunni Muslims. With the modernization and secularization present in the Western world though, some Canadian Pashtuns have become less traditional with their beliefs, releasing their past allegiance towards following the standards of the Islamic religion at all costs.

What Are Their Needs?

Newly resettled Pashtuns may be limited with educational and professional opportunities if they do not speak English or French. Whether having moved to Canada recently or years since the move, many Pashtuns desperately need trauma counseling from their first-hand experiences and survival of such events.

Prayer Points

Pray for Pashtuns to receive the educational, professional and psychological assistance they need to succeed better in life within Canada.

Pray for Pashtuns to reconcile and restore their relationships with other Afghan ethnic groups whom they may encounter while living in Canada.

Pray for Canadian believers to reach out compassionately to all Afghan ethnic groups constantly with the love and answer of Jesus Christ.

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Pashtuns to seek and find Jesus for salvation.

Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Pashtun community in Canada.

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