Jhalo Malo in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Jhalo Malo people are mostly employed in activities related to fishing. Many supervise fish trade while some are employed in fisheries and fishing cooperative societies. Some are self-employed, while others are in salaried jobs. Rural development programs have helped them secure loans for fishing. Their literacy rate is low. They have established a caste association for the all-round development of their community. Their family deities are Lakshmi, Bipadtarini, and Itu.

Ministry Obstacles

There are no known Christian believers in this community. Christian workers will likely have no initial contacts of this nature.

Outreach Ideas

Much sustained and focused prayer is needed as workers prepare. Many good resources are available in the Bengali language, the primary language of this community.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Although there are no known Christians in this group (in either Bangladesh or India), please pray for the ones the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will know the hope to which they have been called, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a substantial improvement in the literacy rate, especially for the young people in the community. Pray for opportunities to attend good schools.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-05
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I Am Guilty
People Name General Jhalo Malo
People Name in Country Jhalo Malo
Population in Bangladesh 254,000
World Population 703,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mala, Malakar, Malo, Malo Patni
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Jhalo Malo
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 17007
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (116,000) Rajshahi (61,000) Khulna (50,000) Sylhet (14,000)
Chittagong (5,300) Rangpur (4,500) Barisal (2,800)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (116,000) Rajshahi (61,000)
Khulna (50,000) Sylhet (14,000)
Chittagong (5,300) Rangpur (4,500)
Barisal (2,800)
Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (212,000) Sylheti (11,000) Chittagonian (300) Bishnupriya (200)
Assamese (200) Kok Borok (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 212,000 Sylheti 11,000
Chittagonian 300 Bishnupriya 200
Assamese 200 Kok Borok 50
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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