Bhisti in Pakistan


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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

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhisti in Pakistan.

* 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 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-11
People Name General Bhisti
People Name in Country Bhisti
Pronunciation PEESH-tee
World Population 611,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
61,000
Punjab
5,700
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
200
Islamabad
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh 61,000
  Punjab 5,700
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 200
  Islamabad 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (31,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Urdu
24,000
Punjabi, Western
5,800
Saraiki
5,600
Marwari
2,800
Kacchi
700
Marwari
600
Bagri
600
Koli, Parkari
100
Merwari
100
Primary Language Sindhi (31,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 24,000
  Punjabi, Western 5,800
  Saraiki 5,600
  Marwari 2,800
  Kacchi 700
  Marwari 600
  Bagri 600
  Koli, Parkari 100
  Merwari 100
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.