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Tajik in Belgium

Tajik

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5,000 Tajik Islam 0.03 % 0.02 %   

Tajik in Belgium

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Introduction / History
There are two groups of Tajiks in Belgium. One group is from Tajikistan, a former Soviet Socialist Republic that gained their independence in 1991 with the downfall of the USSR. They began arriving in Belgium in the early 1990s. The other group is Tajiks who originated in northern Afghanistan, and they are trying to flee Taliban rule.

Where are they located?
Most of the Afghan Tajiks are in Brussels or Antwerp. Recent arrivals are sometimes holed up in churches.

What are their lives like?
Tajiks from Tajikistan have been able to learn the local language and begin their new lives. Some are showing their artwork at the Tajik embassy to spur people on to having an interest in their art, culture, and history. The staff at the Tajik embassy hopes this will encourage tourism in Tajikistan.

The Tajiks who have fled Afghanistan are often stranded anywhere that will take them in as refugees. They are desperate to stay out of Afghanistan because of the murderous Taliban forces.

The Tajik language is closely related to Dari and Persian, both Central Asian languages. In Brussels, those who have lived there for any length of time usually learn French or Dutch.

What are their beliefs?
At various times in their early history the Tajiks have been Zoroastrians and Buddhists. Tajiks are Sunni Muslims, but not good ones. During the 70 years they were under control of the atheistic Soviet Union, most had little contact with their Islamic roots. Secularism has followed the Tajiks into the post-Soviet era. Since they had a long history without Islam, they are not as dedicated to this religion as some other Muslims.

A minority of Tajiks are Shi'ite Muslims.

What are their needs?
Afghan Tajiks need to be taught marketable skills so they can contribute to the industrialized Belgian economy. Europe is saturated with people who can only do manual labor.

Tajiks in Belgium need someone to take the gospel of Jesus to them and disciple them in His ways.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lord to raise up believers who will spend years with the Afghan Tajiks and teach them marketable skills.
* Pray for believers to show them the way to follow Jesus.
* Some Afghan Tajiks have been given refuge in Belgian churches. Pray that believers will tell them about the Savior who is worshiped in these church buildings.

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Country: Belgium
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Alternate People Names:
TadzhikTadzhiki
ताजिक
ROP3 Code: 109733
Joshua Project People ID: 15201
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,000
Population all Countries: 9,099,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Ethnic Code: CNT24g
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Language
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Primary Language: Tajik (5,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tgk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.03 %(Evangelical: 0.02 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.97 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1981
New Testament:
1983Audio
Complete Bible: 1992
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tajiki
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Хушхабар
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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Tajik in Belgium

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