The Afghan Turkmen live in the northern part of Afghanistan, straddled along the
border with Turkmenistan. Many of them fled into Afghanistan following the Soviet
takeover of their homeland. They
are farmers and pastoralists, some of which live a semi-nomadic lifesytle.
• There is ongoing fighting with the Taliban in the Turkmen areas of Afghanistan,
which is hindering long-term work among them. Pray for peace to come to this
region, and for open doors for missionary work.
• The Afghan Turkmen are much more Islamic than those in
Turkmenistan, who underwent 70 years of atheistic communism. Pray that God might
use the emerging church in Turkmenistan to send workers to reach them.
• Over 60,000 Afghan Turkmen live in refugee camps in Pakistan. They are subject to
inhumane conditions and abject poverty. Many thousands are now making a living
through carpet-making, though their skilled labor is being exploited by profiteers.
Pray for an effective ministry among these refugees that will address both their
spiritual and physical needs.
Heavenly Father, may your compassion for the Afghan Turkmen breakthrough. Though
they have known only war and suffering their entire lives, may they experience the
peace which only you can bring.