The Jogi Faqirs (faqirs are holy men who are often beggars) are historically a landless community whose main occupation has been to provide specialized religious services, religious-medical assistance, and to seek alms. Faqirs are often wandering Sufi mystics who teach Islam. Their help in curing diseases and in the removal of evil spirits is sought by both Hindus and Muslims. The Muslim Jogi have three subgroups, the Chaurasi, Tappa and Athghara. The Chaurasi do not marry their daughters into the Tappa lineage, whereas a Tappa girl may be accepted as wife by a Chaurasi. However, the Chaurasi and the Athghara freely exchange brides. Azan (the Muslim call to prayer) is whispered into an infant's ear on the sixth day after birth, when the mother and the infant are brought into sunlight and the circumcision ceremony is observed for the male child.
The Muslim Jogi are deeply committed to their religion, and have been for generations. Their identity as a people group is wrapped up with their religion.
Please pray for good quality Christian radio broadcasts to be made available across northern India and into Pakistan and Bangladesh, in the languages spoken by the Jogi people. Pray they will learn of these broadcasts, will listen, and that the Lord will give them understanding and faith to believe.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
It is unlikely there are any followers of Jesus Christ today among the Muslim Jogi, in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. It's possible there are secret believers, however, and they will need our prayers. Pray for these, and for others who will someday come to faith in Christ.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Please pray the Lord will reveal himself in powerful ways to this people group, that they may come to know and serve the one who created them, who died for their sins, and who offers them an abundant life now and in eternity.
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