In the early 1990’s, God began to stir the heart of the Grace family toward the unreached people groups among the Muslims of Central Asian. Following a vision trip to Samerkand, Uzbekistan, we felt God leading us to formally adopt the Tajik people in 1997.
The Tajik are a people group of more than 6 million, with about 1,300,000 living in Uzbekistan. They are among the least reached peoples of the world. About 90% of Tajik are Sunni Muslims and there are very few known believers. Uzbekistan is ranked number 7 on the World Watch list, a list of the top 50 countries where persecution among Christians is most severe.
Prayer Requests for the Tajik:
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More recently, Grace became aware of another unreached Muslim people group located along the Pakistan/Afghanistan boarder and in 2008, formally added the Northern Pashtun as an adopted UPG.
There are more than 22 million Pashtun living in Pakistan, with 46 million throughout the world. They are considered 100% Muslim, and only a handful of Pashtun believers are known. With the rise of the Taliban, this people group has become increasingly difficult to engage. Pakistan is ranked number 10 on the World Watch list.
Prayer Requests for the Pashtun:
To learn more about the Pashtun, click here.