in the washington metropolitan area
Afghans have endured hardship and suffering for decades due to continual wars in their homeland. As a result, Afghans in Washington D.C. seek to offer support to their people. Aschiana Foundation is made up of expatriates and others with connections to Afghanistan who specifically support the work of Aschiana, a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable street working children and their families in Afghanistan. Bamyan Foundation is run by Afghan Americans to help at-risk people in Afghanistan who have suffered due to Taliban attacks.
There are about 30,000 Afghans in the Washington D.C. area, with many residing in the Springfield area.
The Embassy of Afghanistan is located in Washington D.C. and offers diplomatic servics. There is also an Afghanistan Consulate that offers visa and passport services.
The American Community Survey 2019 estimated 29,696 people with Afghan ancestry in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan 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.
There are numerous Afghan restaurants in the Washington D.C. area, and many of them have the word “kabob” in their name, like Kabob & More.
If a person is wondering where to find a variety of Afghan foods and goods, they should check out the Afghan Market International Supermarket Grocery and Restaurant.
The Mustafa Center serves as a mosque for prayer and religious services, largely for Afghans. But beyond that, it offers help to many others. Here is a quote from its website: “…serve the local community, Muslim and non-Muslim, and to provide service opportunities for those members of the community who would like to serve the community in any capacity.” The Mustafa Center has also been a welcoming place for Afghan refugees who have moved into the area.
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.
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Embassy is located in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington D.C. It is the headquarters of Afghanistan’s diplomatic mission to the United States. There is also a separate Consulate of Afghanistan that handles most matters relating to the public.
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 the Washington Metropolitan Area using a tool we developed in Google Earth. You could also do a prayerwalk in person using the same points of interest.