Bhil in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bhil peoples are low on the social totem pole in Hindu India, which spills over into neighboring Pakistan where the caste system is still in effect despite Islam being the dominant religion. Most of the information on the Bhil peoples is about the Hindu Bhils in India, since there are many more of them in that country than in Pakistan.


Where Are they Located?

The Bhils are mostly in India, but those in Pakistan live in the Tharparkar District of Sindh Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bhils live mostly in rural areas, where many are migrant farm workers who follow the seasonal crops to bring extra income to their suffering families. In Pakistan many work for Muslim landowners. Wheat and millet are staple food crops, followed by rice, cotton lint, and corn. For the farmers, the arid land requires irrigation. Monsoon rains are the key to their existence.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In India most Bhils are Hindu or animistic, but in Pakistan they mix Islam with traditional religion. There are many Hindus among the Bhil people in Pakistan. In the 1960s there was work among the Bhils that lasted for a couple of decades. We don't know if the fruit of this work is still in existence.


What Are Their Needs?

There is no future in being a landless farmer like many of these people are. The Bhil peoples in Pakistan need education that will help them get good jobs for today's job market.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers for the Bhil peoples in Pakistan.
Pray for a church planting movement among the Bhils in Pakistan.
Pray for the Bhil peoples to "gossip the gospel" to others, leading to Christ-followers in India and Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhil in Pakistan.


References

http://www.evangelical-times.org/archive/item/983/Pakistan/Missionary-Spotlight---Pakistan---The-Marwari-Bhils-of-Pakistan/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhil_people
http://www. Prayway.com/unreached/peoplegroups1/712.html
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=6381


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

The Waiting World - The Bhil
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Additional Info
Central Bhil profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-09
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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-14
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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-21
People Name General Bhil
People Name in Country Bhil
Pronunciation beel
Population this Country 600,000
Population all Countries 15,144,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names Arejo; Arijo; Bhil Garasia; Bhilala; Bhim; Bilalla; Billava; Billavaor; Billawa; Dholi Bhil; Dugri Garasia; Dungra Bhil; Dungri Girasia; Garasia; Pacima; Pascima; Pujari; Tulu Bhillava; भील
People ID 16414
ROP3 Code 111565
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Sindh
558,000
Balochistan
18,000
Punjab
7,600
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Sindh 558,000
  Balochistan 18,000
  Punjab 7,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (301,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
78,000
Sindhi Bhil
58,000
Urdu
57,000
Dhatki
46,000
Saraiki
28,000
Sansi
11,000
Kacchi
10,000
Bhili
9,100
Koli, Kachi
5,500
Punjabi, Eastern
2,900
Koli, Parkari
2,300
Koli, Wadiyari
1,600
Punjabi, Western
800
Balochi, Southern
500
Bagri
100
Primary Language Sindhi (301,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 78,000
  Sindhi Bhil 58,000
  Urdu 57,000
  Dhatki 46,000
  Saraiki 28,000
  Sansi 11,000
  Kacchi 10,000
  Bhili 9,100
  Koli, Kachi 5,500
  Punjabi, Eastern 2,900
  Koli, Parkari 2,300
  Koli, Wadiyari 1,600
  Punjabi, Western 800
  Balochi, Southern 500
  Bagri 100
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.26 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
23.10 %
Islam
73.64 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source The Waiting World
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest  
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