The name Makrani is likely to have been derived from their original location, Makran, in Baluchistan (now in Pakistan). They marry only within their own people group. They use surnames such as Askani, Baluch, Ring-baluch, Mullajia and Gudijal. Birth, circumcision, marriage, and death rituals are observed according to Islamic traditions along with some Hindu rituals. The community council (or jamat) leads the community and regulates socio-religious affairs. They are Sunni Muslims. Traditionally, they accept food from all Muslims and high-caste Hindus. The Makrana were traditionally soldiers, but farming is now their primary occupation.
Pakistan is hostile to Christian witness, and the challenges are many.
Please pray for the Christians in Pakistan, for the Lord's protection and provision for them. Pray some of the Makrani people will come in contact with true followers of Jesus, and will be deeply impacted by them.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
None of the Muslim Makrani have identified themselves as Christians, in either Pakistan or India. There may be a few secret believers, and we should pray for these. We should also pray for others who will soon come to saving faith in Christ. Pray for spiritual strengthening, that they will be able to resist pressure to re-convert.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Please pray the Makrani will gain no satisfaction from their traditional religion, but will instead hunger to know the God who loves them and who has revealed himself in his son, Jesus the Messiah.
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