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Tajik in Finland

Tajik

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,600 Tajik Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %   

Tajik in Finland

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Introduction / History
The Tajiks of Central Asia are the oldest surviving people group in that region. Their homeland, Tajikistan, is the mountainous center of Asia, surrounded by the Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan includes the Pamir Mountains, which reach altitudes of nearly 25,000 feet. Most of the people live in the parallel valleys below.

The Tajiks have repeatedly been invaded and conquered throughout their history. The armies of Alexander the Great, the Arabs in the seventh century, Genghis Khan, the Turks, the British, and the Russian empire have all had a profound impact on these people.

In fact, the numerous invasions have been the major factor in the dispersion of the Tajik to other locations. Many Tajik have crossed over into Afghanistan and are still surrounded by war, ethnic violence, religious tension, and harsh living conditions.

After the breakup of the USSR, Tajikistan suffered through years of a civil war which ended in 1997. However, tens of thousands had been killed and thousands of wives widowed. The economy collapsed, and unemployment was extremely high, up to 70 percent in some rural areas. Some of them moved to other countries with a strong economy like Finland.

Where are they located?
The majority of the Tajiks live in either Tajikistan or Afghanistan. Some have migrated to Uzbekistan, Pakistan or Russia. A smaller number live in European countries like Finland.

What are their lives like?
Some came to European countries as students, but most came to find asylum from an intolerable political situation. Some suffer from suicidal thoughts and depression, all the while trying to learn a different language and get a job.

What are their beliefs?
Nestorian missionaries first brought Christianity to the Tajiks during the 12th century. Today, Tajiks are Sunni Muslims, although some are Shi'ites. About one-tenth of the people are classified as non-religious. This has probably been a result of Russian atheistic pressure.

Tajiks tend to be spiritual people and are often open to at least a discussion of spiritual things. They understand the concept of sacrifice, which could be a redemptive analogy to the Lamb of God dying on the cross. However, almost all remain closed to the gospel.

What are their needs?
Tajiks need to see examples of people living for Christ in a victorious way.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Tajik would not judge Christianity just as a "Russian religion," but see their own need for salvation.
* Pray for an end to the persecution of believers by Muslim relatives who believe Christians betray their ancestors.
* Ask God to raise up long-term missionaries who will go to Finland and share Christ with the Tajik.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Muslims in Finland.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15201/FI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15201/TI
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajiks
https://publications.iom.int/books/diaspora-partner-development-tajikistan

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Country: Finland
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: 3,600
Population all Countries: 9,974,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Tajik
People Name General: Tajik
Ethnic Code: CNT24g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Tajik (3,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tgk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.99 % 
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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 World Christian Resource Directory
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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)
Film / VideoThe Fifth Namaz
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Хушхабар
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
 
 
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Tajik in Finland

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