Bhisti in Pakistan


Population
61,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The name "Bhisti" is from a Persian word for paradise. This name was given to them because they carried water to thirsty soldiers. Their language is Urdu; however, they also speak the languages of the different areas where they live.


Where Are they Located?

North India, Karachi (a city in Pakistan), and Nepal's Terai Region are home to Bhisti people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As water carriers, the Bhisti people do hard work with very little pay. As drinkable water has become more available, many of them have left this profession for other low-paying jobs in carpentry, making cigarettes, welding, and painting. It is common for Bhisti people to be landless agricultural workers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In Pakistan the Bhisti people are solidly Muslim, though they incorporate folk religion with Islam. They believe in evil spirits, which puts them in a constant state of fear. They often have village deities, and someone in the village acts as caretaker for this spirit to protect them from natural disasters and sickness. The Bhisti people celebrate Muslim festivals and go to the tombs of Muslim Sufi saints in hopes of gaining favor.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhisti people need to know the sovereign Lord who can push back the work of evil spirits and free them from fear. They need to depend on Him for their needs, and forsake the spirits they now appease.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Bhisti people's economic well-being as they struggle to make a living in a world that has changed dramatically since their caste began.
* Pray for their mental condition, as they are often filled with the fear of the evil spirits.
* Pray especially for their souls that they may hear and respond to the one true God who loves them and longs to give them living water.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Bhisti people that will spread throughout South Asia.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2014/10/11
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Bhisti-People/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhishti
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/bhisti/


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-11
People Name General Bhisti
People Name in Country Bhisti
Population in Pakistan 61,000
World Population 615,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
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 Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 4
Largest States
Sindh (56,000) Punjab (5,300) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (200)
Islamabad (20)
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 4
Sindh (56,000) Punjab (5,300)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (200) Islamabad (20)
Primary Language: Urdu (26,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: urd   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 8
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (19,000) Saraiki (6,900) Punjabi, Western (4,600)
Marwari (800) Bagri (500) Kacchi (400)
Koli, Parkari (100)
Primary Language: Urdu (26,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 8
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (19,000) Saraiki (6,900)
Punjabi, Western (4,600) Marwari (800)
Bagri (500) Kacchi (400)
Koli, Parkari (100)
Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
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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)
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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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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