Hazara people, Afghanistan

Aimaq, Hazara in Afghanistan

The Hazara are one of the semi-nomadic tribal groups of Afghanistan. The Aimaq people give women high status, which is much different than other rural societies in Afghanistan. Women participate in group discussions, even when outsiders are present, and a girl may reject a suitor chosen by her father. Bride-service is sometimes practiced; a groom lives in the compound of his future bride’s parents and serves for a specific period of time (usually two years or more). After his bride-service is completed, the wedding takes place.

Ministry Obstacles
Afghanistan presents many challenges to those wanting to carry the message of Christ to the people. Some physical danger is included, but this should not be exaggerated.

Outreach Ideas
Christians need to find ways to assist the people of Afghanistan with their physical needs. Much prayer is needed, to prepare hearts for the message of Christ, as opportunities arise.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There likely are no followers of Jesus among the Hazara Aimaq today, but pray for the many that will soon be evident. Pray they will be sent teachers to help them become firmly established in the faith, trusting Christ fully for salvation, and for power to live this life.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for all the Aimaq tribes to be drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as they read the Koran. Pray for a growing hunger to find out more about this Man.

Scripture Focus
“Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.” Matthew 22:9

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