Introduction / History The Urdu language is spoken by large numbers of people in Pakistan and North India and is the main language in Pakistan. Urdu speaking people began living in Canada in about 1960. There was much unemployment where they were living and many Urdu who were educated came to live in Canada. It was difficult for them living in Canadian society and the Canadian weather was something they were not used to but things got better for them.
The Urdu in Canada were concerned that they would lose their culture and South Asian community groups were formed to help them here.
The Urdu in Canada are now better adjusted to living in Canada. Their children are doing well in education and in work. They take part politically too. There are also poets among them. The new lifestyle has caused problems regards keeping their traditional religious way of life. An opportunity for the gospel message to be given here.
A large number of Pakistani Canadians live in Ontario. They speak Urdu and English among other languages. Most Pakistanis who come to Canada are students and well educated people, particularly before 1990. Toronto is the city with the biggest Pakistani community. Vancouver is growing in the numbers of them too.
Many are in professional work such as doctors and many have their own businesses. Women work too. Marriages tend to be arranged by parents these days as well.
What are their beliefs? Most Pakistani Canadians are Muslims with most of them being Sunni Muslims. Pakistanis play a big part in Islamic life among the Muslims. There are some Christians.
Prayer Points * Pray that the Christians among the Urdu will lead the others among them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will give the Urdu dreams and visions showing that Jesus Christ is the way to Salvation and lead them as to what to do next.