Urdu is not so much an ethnicity as it is a linguistic distinction. Urdu comprises of many ethnicities who are devoted to the Islamic faith, Persian culture, and the Urdu language. Most Urdu reside in Pakistan, and Urdu is the national language of Pakistan; however, only 10 percent of the people speak Urdu, primarily the intellectual and elites. In recent years, many have migrated to the Persian Gulf and Europe. Approximately 102,900 Urdu live in Europe, 7100 of which are in Denmark. There are no known believers among the Urdu with few efforts to reach them.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Many Urdu are migrating to Europe seeking education and greater opportunities. In the article, “Loving and Reaching Muslims in Europe,” Central Europe Area Director Jim Sabella states, “God has given us a mission, millions of Muslims are coming here who are open to the gospel and ready to hear. They’re coming right to our doors.”
Pray for the church in Denmark, such as Copenhagen Christian Center, that they will seize this opportunity to share the gospel with people who would never hear it otherwise.Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Copenhagen Christian Center is located in the nation’s capital and serves as a center of cultural diversity and point of church of planting, literature distribution, and gospel television in the country. In Denmark there are 43 churches and 5,350 adherents. Pray the work of God taking place in Denmark will reach further to the Urdu.Partnership // Move Beyond
- Many Urdu are coming to Europe for education, pray the church finds creative avenues of reaching Urdu in schools and universities.
- Pray God reveals himself to the Urdu in miraculous ways.
- Pray the church in Denmark expands and spiritual renewal stretches across the land.
- Pray for an openness to the gospel message as missionaries and believers work together to bring the gospel to the Urdu.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5, NASB).