The Kurds are the largest people group in the world without a nation of their own. With over 20 million people spread out over Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, the Kurmanji-speaking Kurds are the most populous language group among the Kurds. For centuries the Kurmanji Kurds have lived as semi-nomadic shepherds in the rugged mountains and uplands of ancient Mesopotamia. Due to their isolation, they enjoyed a great deal of autonomy until shortly after World War I. Since then, the Kurds' independence, traditional pastoral lifestyle, and rich culture have been rapidly replaced by subjugation and assimilation under the authority of modern nation states. Consequently, a popular proverb among Kurds is "The Kurds have no friends but the mountains."
Over 99% of Kurmanji-speaking Kurds are Muslims, though many of them are Muslim in name only. They generally hold to Islam less tightly than other Muslim people groups in the area, and many have become disillusioned with Islam due to the oppression they have endured at the hands of the surrounding Muslim ethnic majorities. At present, there are several hundred Kurmanji Kurd believers sprinkled through the world, but fewer than 10 evangelical churches exist among them in their historic homeland.
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
How You Can Pray for the Kurmanji Kurds:
- Pray that the Lord of the harvest would call out more long-term workers to serve as evangelists and church planters among Kurmanji-speaking Kurds.
- Pray for receptive hearts to the gospel so that an abundance of Kurds would find freedom and peace in Jesus Christ and discover that He is their greatest friend.
- Pray the God would raise up faithful, mature, and holy Kurmanji Kurd elders to lead the indigenous. churches.
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Posted on Wed, July 23, 2014
by Donna Shiflett