The Muslim population in Europe has risen over the last few years. This is an amazing opportunity for the church in Europe to reach out to Muslims in their communities. One of the people groups that has largely migrated to Europe, specifically the U.K. are the Northern and Southern Pashtun. The Pashtun population numbers over 49 million with over 101,000 living in the United Kingdom.
The Pashtun are devoted followers of Islam. They are very few followers of Jesus among them worldwide. The Pashtun follow a social code called Pushtanwalli. This code dictates everything they do and how they relate to others.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Global Initiative exists to train the local church globally to reach out to their Muslim neighbors. In the update, “The Holy Spirit is on the move in Europe among Muslim immigrants”, we read about the ways in which Muslims are coming to Jesus. Many are encountering outreaches and being welcomed by local churches. These churches in Europe have seen 20,000+ Muslims become followers of Jesus and also take the step to be baptized.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Due to their strong religious convictions, it is difficult for a Pashtun to accept the Gospel. There are no known Christian or Evangelical Pashtun in the U.K.
However, in an article written by Randy Hurts, he quotes Paul Trementozzi, regional director for Europe, “In God’s providence, millions of Muslims are moving to Europe where we can connect with them. Now is the time to demonstrate Jesus’ love to them and communicate a clear witness of his salvation. Out international churches are effectively ministering to Muslims in many ways. The Spirit is moving on the hearts of young missionaries to engage with them. We just pray that God will call more young people to come join the team.”
To join in reaching the Pashtun in the U.K. visit Europe Missions.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for the Assemblies of God Great Britain as God provides opportunities for the local churches to reach the Pashtun people.
- Pray that the minds and hearts of the Pashtun people would open to the message of the gospel.
- Pray that the Bible and the Jesus film will be fully accessible in their language. The Northern Pashtun have a bible, but the Southern Pashtun do not.
- Pray for ministries like Global Initiative, that the Holy Spirit may use them greatly to equip local churches to reach out to Muslims.
Quotes provided by Hurst, Randy. “Loving and Reaching Muslims in Europe.” AGWM. Agwm.com. (retrieved 8/30/16).
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.