Introduction / History
It's a rare thing when a new country is born. Rarer still does one ethnic group get credit for the country's existence. Pakistan was born in 1947, and the Memons forged its survival.
The Memons are business people-traders, shippers, importers and exporters. For centuries they thrived economically while other Muslim groups struggled. As Pakistan grew in stability, the Memons expanded their trades. Several built international empires.
Centuries before independence, the Memons practiced charity and social involvement. Wherever they migrate, they establish social and welfare committees. Any member of their group can ask for help, making sure that they don't face dire poverty like many of the other Islamic groups of south Asia.
But turmoil in Pakistan has caused the Memons to feel unwanted. Yusuf Haroon, a leading Memon said, "Memons are finished in Pakistan." Still, in spite of repeated political maneuvers to destroy their power, the Memons rise like a phoenix. But many have shifted their centers of activity to other countries. For example, they are prominent in India, especially the city of Mumbai.
In their international trade, they meet Christ's followers. Will those believers show the Spirit of Christ? Will this socially exclusive ethnic group welcome friendships with believers? Pray that followers of Christ, involved in international business, will demonstrate God's priorities of love, humility, justice and mercy. Pray that Memon businessmen will encounter revelations of Jesus and turn to Him.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey|