Koli (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
37,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Koli people of Pakistan speak a Sindhi language. There are several Koli subgroups. Most Koli people live in northern India, and adhere to Hinduism.


Where Are they Located?

The Kolis live in Pakistan's Sindh Province and many of India's northern states. Kolis in Pakistan are concentrated in the Thar Desert, east of the Indus River. Most of the Thar Desert is in India, and it forms a natural boundary between these two hostile nations. It is one of the world's largest desert regions.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Life is hard for the Thar people, especially the women who must collect firewood and water each day. Most of the available information about the Koli peoples is about those in India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Koli people in Pakistan are almost all Sunni Muslims. They believe that their salvation is based on their obedience to the teachings of the Qur'an, not on the death of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

The Koli peoples do not have adequate drinking water. Every day the women have to collect water and firewood from a distant source. Christians can help them with these needs by helping with well projects. The Koli people need to hear that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and there is no other. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a team of knowledgeable believers to help the Koli people build and maintain wells in their desert homeland.
* Pray for the Koli people to have easy access to the many Christian resources that are available to them in the Sindhi language.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to begin among the Koli people and spread to other Muslim peoples in Pakistan.


References

http://www.dawn.com/news/1102038
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koli_people
http://kcm.co.kr/bethany_eng/clusters/8081.html
http://www.prayway.com/unreached/clusters/8081.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thar_Desert


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-08
People Name General Koli (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koli (Hindu traditions)
Population in Pakistan 37,000
World Population 13,749,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bunkar, Buntar, Chamar-Julaha, Dhimar, Kabaria Dagi, Kaperdia, Kapre, Kili, Koda, Koli of Gujarat, Koli Patel, Kora, Koral, Kori, Koria, Kuli, Macchi Koli, Machhi Koli, Machikoli, Mahar-Kili, Malhar, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Tantubais, Taru, कोली
People ID 17247
ROP3 Code 112615
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: 2
Largest States
Sindh (36,000) Punjab (200)
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: 2
Sindh (36,000) Punjab (200)
Primary Language: Koli, Parkari (13,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kvx   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 11
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (7,200) Saraiki (3,700) Kacchi (3,300)
Koli, Kachi (3,000) Dhatki (2,000) Koli, Wadiyara (1,400)
Gurgula (500) Bagri (100) Marwari (100)
Punjabi, Western (100)
Primary Language: Koli, Parkari (13,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kvx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 11
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (7,200) Saraiki (3,700)
Kacchi (3,300) Koli, Kachi (3,000)
Dhatki (2,000) Koli, Wadiyara (1,400)
Gurgula (500) Bagri (100)
Marwari (100) Punjabi, Western (100)
Primary Language: Koli, Parkari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (1996)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
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
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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