Bhisti in India


Population
575,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The term bihishti is derived from the Persian word bihisht, meaning paradise, and they were so named on account of the services they rendered to thirsty soldiers. They claim their ancestry from Hazrat Abbas Alamdar, who went to fetch water from a pond in a skin-bag to quench the thirst of the followers of Imam Husain on their way to Damascus. The Bihishti belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. They venerate their village deity, Khera Dev.


Ministry Obstacles

The Bhisti may well have an inadequate understanding of who Isa (Jesus) of the Koran truly is. Pray the Lord will open their eyes.


Outreach Ideas

Much prayer and many dedicated workers are needed. Stories from Scripture concerning the person and work of Christ will be helpful.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the Lord will begin to call out believers. Pray they will be adequately instructed in the faith, and will grow to maturity in Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Bhisti community will increasingly thirst for Living Water.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhisti
People Name in Country Bhisti
Population in India 575,000
World Population 642,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12 to 15
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Abasi, Abbasi, Bihisti, Chambhar, Mashki, Maski, Mochi, Pakhali, Pakhia, Parkhali, Sakka, Saqqa, Sekh Abbasi, Shaikh Abbasi, Shaikh Saqqa, Sheikh Abbasi, भिस्ती
People ID 16418
ROP3 Code 111569
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(509,000)
Rajasthan
(35,000)
Uttarakhand
(15,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(9,500)
Maharashtra
(2,600)
Gujarat
(2,400)
Bihar
(500)
Himachal Pradesh
(400)
Delhi
(300)
Karnataka
(300)
Chhattisgarh
(200)
Manipur
(50)
Odisha
(40)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(30)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Uttar Pradesh (509,000)
  Rajasthan (35,000)
  Uttarakhand (15,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (9,500)
  Maharashtra (2,600)
  Gujarat (2,400)
  Bihar (500)
  Himachal Pradesh (400)
  Delhi (300)
  Karnataka (300)
  Chhattisgarh (200)
  Manipur (50)
  Odisha (40)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (519,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Braj Bhasha
(3,300)
Awadhi
(2,900)
Marwari
(2,800)
Merwari
(1,500)
Gujarati
(1,400)
Kanauji
(1,400)
Garhwali
(1,300)
Bundeli
(1,200)
Mewari
(800)
Dhundari
(800)
Hindi
(500)
Kumaoni
(300)
Punjabi, Eastern
(300)
Shekhawati
(80)
Bhojpuri
(60)
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (519,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Braj Bhasha (3,300)
  Awadhi (2,900)
  Marwari (2,800)
  Merwari (1,500)
  Gujarati (1,400)
  Kanauji (1,400)
  Garhwali (1,300)
  Bundeli (1,200)
  Mewari (800)
  Dhundari (800)
  Hindi (500)
  Kumaoni (300)
  Punjabi, Eastern (300)
  Shekhawati (80)
  Bhojpuri (60)
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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