The Khorasani Turks of Iran

No one to proclaim the Gospel to them

iran-testimonies-30-days-netMore than 830,000 Khorasani Turks live in the northern part of the Khorasan province (northwest of Mashhad). Khorasan is an important agricultural area and most Khorasani Turks are farmers. They use both traditional and modern irrigation methods to produce wheat, barley, rice, cotton, sugar beets, potatoes, alfalfa, melons, and caraway. Sheep, goats, and cows provide Khorasani Turk families with milk, butter, oil, and meat. They are skillful craftsmen of jewellery, dolls, and glassware. They also weave beautiful rugs, cloth, and carpets known for their exquisite designs. Khorasan is Persian and means “Land of the Rising Sun.”

The Khorasani Turks are 100 per cent Muslim, and their society is organized around traditional Muslim rules. At the present time, there are no known Khorasani Turk believers. Living in a very remote corner of the world, they are currently without Gospel resources in their own language, and there is no specific effort to implant believing congregations among them.


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Prayer Starters:

  • Pray that God will open doors for Christian businessmen and others to share Christ with the Khorasani Turks.
  • Ask God to raise up qualified linguists to translate the Bible into the Khorasani language.

Healing Needed

While much attention is given to healing of relationships between the faiths, it is interesting that many physical healings are also happening in the Muslim world right now. It is clear in the Gospels that Jesus healed many people. Some of these healings are so spectacular that whole towns were in awe of God. Other healings are less obvious and Jesus Himself commanded certain people not to speak of their healing publicly. May God raise up multitudes of believers in the Muslim world to be used by God in healing. It is not so much that spectacular healings or big name ministries are needed; Praying for the sick and expecting healing should be fairly normal for believers.

Prayer Starters:

  • Meditate on these texts and proclaim them in prayer: Matthew 10:1 and 8; Luke 9:2; 10:9
  • Thank God for the many healings which have been reported from the Muslim world. This has been a positive witness for the Gospel. Pray for an abundance of faith (James 5:14-15).
  • Health workers are needed especially in Africa and Asia. Pray the Lord would send the missions trained workers.

Testimony from Laouali from Nigeria

I was Muslim and I went to a Qur’anic school in Kano, Nigeria for three years. I even studied the history of Jesus through some references in the Qur’an. When I arrived back home from my studies I started to have relationships with some practising Christians. My father and my brothers became suspicious of me and wanted to send me back to the leader of the Qur’anic school. But when I refused to go the school leader came to me. My family promised me money for business and even a marriage if I would break off all relations with believers in Jesus but I did not listen to them. Having seen the ‘Jesus’ film I thought that I might even be able to deceive the Christians as a type of “secret agent” for Islam but I really did meet the Messiah myself. My family pushed me out of my home and happily some believers took me in for a whole year until I went to a Bible School. Now I am a pastor.

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