This year we will be strategically praying for four unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” and includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

Approximately 5.22 billion individuals residing in 8,875 distinct people groups are in the 10/40 Window. 6,164 (69.5%) of these people groups are considered unreached and have a population of 3.16 billion. This means approximately 61% of the individuals in the 10/40 Window live in an unreached people group (UPG). The 10/40 Window is home to some of the largest unreached people groups in the world such as the Shaikh, Yadava, Turks, Moroccan Arabs, Pashtun, Jat, and Burmese.*

 

Our third quarter UPG is the Tajik people of Central Asia. Tajiks make up around 27% of the population of Afghanistan, making them the second largest ethnic group after the Pashtuns. They make up the bulk of Afghanistan’s elite, with considerable accumulated wealth within the community. As a result of this wealth and levels of education, they wield a significant political influence within Afghanistan. Being of Central Asian origin they maintain a kinship with the 7 million ethnic Tajiks who live in the neighboring Central Asian state of Tajikistan.

The Tajiks are almost entirely Sunni Muslim. Islam permeates every area of their lives. Rituals relating to birth, puberty, marriage, and death are all built around their beliefs. They faithfully repeat memorized prayers five times a day. In addition to Islamic beliefs, spiritism (beliefs that incorporate use of charms and amulets) is also widespread among the Tajiks.

The Islamic religion is very difficult to influence. Converts to Christianity will more than likely be “banished” from their families. Because of this, the Tajiks – though usually warm and hospitable – are becoming more and more apprehensive towards outsiders.

The Tajiks speak Dari Persian, a language that came from King Darius (mentioned in the book of Daniel). Unfortunately, only about one-tenth of the Tajiks are able to read.

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How can we pray for them?

  • Ask God to restore political peace and stability to Afghanistan.
  • Ask God to call Christian workers who are trained in the Dari language to take the gospel to the Tajiks.
  • Pray that relief funds will be made available for those living in famine-stricken areas.
  • Pray that strong local churches will be planted among the Afghani Tajik.
  • Pray for God to send dreams and visions that reveal who Jesus is to the Tajik people.

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WHAT IS A PEOPLE GROUP?


Members of a people group share the same ethnic identity. They typically have a common language, a common religion, and a common history. People groups often cross political borders and live in more than one country.

WHAT IS AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?


A people group is considered unreached when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Typically the percentage of Evangelical Christians is less than 2%.

HOW MANY UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS ARE THERE?


There are 11, 747 People Groups totaling 7.3 billion people in the world.

There are 7,037 Unreached People Groups totaling 4.3 billion people.

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