in the greater toronto area
Afghans in Toronto offer many services to new Canadians. The Afghan Women’s Organization Refugee & Immigrant Services, for example, provides services to newcomers from around the world, with a special focus on helping those who have experienced war and persecution. They focus on helping with the first stages of the settlement process. The Afghan Association of Ontario also helps Afghans settle and thrive in their new home. Afghan Professionals of Ontario offer support beyond the early stages, “building a strong professional community for the Afghan Diaspora.”
That kind of support for Afghans, by Afghans, in Toronto has been vital for a population of 41,700 Afghans in the Greater Toronto Area, with many of them living in Scarborough.
Like many immigrant groups, Afghans work diligently at being helpful to their new country and to the people in their former country. Afghans of Toronto is about depicting a positive picture of Afghanistan and its people who live in Toronto. Within doing that, they also help those in Afghanistan who lack education and food and who are adversely affected by war.
Statistics Canada 2016 counted 41,735 people with Afghan Ethnic Origin in the Greater Toronto Area. Using census information instead of community estimates helps compare populations of people groups in various cities. However, the population is likely larger than this number. Some articles, like this one, estimate up to 65,000 Afghans living in the GTA.
- Afghan Cuisine Restaurant and Bamiyan Kabob are just two of about 50 Afghan restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area. With over half of them having the word “kabob” in their names, one can imagine what delicacy is most common for Afghans—kabobs.
- The Afghan Empowerment Committee hosts events which are fun, educational, and helpful. For example, they have hosted senior gatherings over tea, poetry, and discussion, as well as partnering with local food banks to help community members in need, as well as offering sessions which offer relationship and parental guidance.
Like many Islamic religious centers, the Afghan Canadian Islamic Community offers much more than religious and prayer services. It also offers language training and immigration-status help, as well as cultural awareness for youth.
Ummah Nabawiah Masjid has its Friday prayer services in the Dari (Farsi), Arabic and English languages.
Unreached people groups can also be viewed as "hidden" people groups (i.e., they are largely unnoticed and unaffected by the global Body of Christ). In the prayer gallery section below, as well as through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool, you can visualize these hidden people group communities. By doing so, we pray God gives you insight into how to pray through what you see. By scrolling through major points of interest in the prayer gallery section, pray for people you see, and pray that the peace and hope of Jesus will become known to people who frequent these places. Through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool linked at the bottom of the page, you can virtually prayerwalk through the community, praying "on site with insight." You could also take the route and points of interest from that tool and save them to your "Google Maps" to prayerwalk in person. Allow the following three steps to guide your prayers using these tools, and try prayerwalking with another person or small group! God hears the voice of His people, and He responds to our prayers!
Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for His blessings and salvation that is extended to all peoples. Praise and thank Him for appointing the time and boundaries of this people group's presence in North America so that they might seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26). Pray Scriptures that come to mind about His glory being made known among all peoples and nations (e.g., Rev 7:9-10).
Luke 10:2 says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Pray for God's laborers to share Christ's love through hospitality to this people group. Pray for laborers among this community to establish loving relationships and proclaim the gospel. Pray for Christians to emerge from within this people group who will reach their friends and family members.
Most members of unreached people group communities remain unreached because they have failed to hear the gospel in ways they can understand. Others have heard the gospel but have many barriers to overcome before receiving the gospel. Pray that this community will understand the gospel. Pray for God to draw them to Jesus and remove the barriers that keep them from salvation in Christ.
Afghan Canadian Islamic Community
(North York, ON)
The Afghan Canadian Islamic Community began in 1989 as a small community association for Afghans. It has continued to grow, and it now claims to offer social and religious services for over 1,200 families. They have bought property near the current location and will expand their space and services in their new location.
Visit this page to learn general information about Afghan communities in North America and their religious beliefs. Also, discover resources to help share Jesus with them in their language.
Prayerwalk through some of the main Afghan restaurants, places of worship, and businesses in Toronto using a tool we developed in Google Earth. You could also do a prayerwalk in person using the same points of interest.