There are many differing stories of the origins of the Mahtam people. No one seems to be certain about their history or origin.
The Mahtam community is mainly in the region stretching from Dera Ghazi Khan in the west, and Lahore in the northeast. Lahore is Pakistan's most culturally influential city.
Mahtam women have almost no freedoms or educational opportunities, and suffer from domestic abuse. Most Mahtam people tend to work in the service sector, agriculture, and light industry. High inflation and widespread corruption are crippling factors in Pakistan's economic development, and that affects the Mahtam people. Severe shortages of electricity and gas disrupt normal life and reduce the effectiveness of industry. Poverty affects much of the Mahtam population. Their spiritual poverty is even more desperate.
The Mahtam people in Pakistan are 100 percent Sunni Muslim; they are unreached and unengaged. Portions of the New Testament, and Bible portions have been translated into Western Punjabi, a language the Mahtam people can understand. Audio resources and the JESUS Film are also available. Technology opens spiritual doors for those who dare to seek truth.
There is a degree of religious freedom promised ethnic minorities by Pakistani law, but in practice, non-Sunnis must practice their faith cautiously and under varying degrees of threat from Islamists. According to Open Doors, Pakistan is the fourth worst nation in regards to persecution of Christians.
Basics of quality life are not easily attainable for the Mahtam people.
Most schools in Pakistan are Islamic (est. 20,000) or expensive private schools. They offer little education beyond memorizing the Koran, and push the brand of Islam preferred by militants. Financial and social inducements to convert to Islam also present a problem to non-Muslims, who are generally poorer and have fewer career and education opportunities.
Operation World reports that Pakistan's government alternates between civilian parties and autocratic military dictatorships. Despite its constitution, shari'a law is increasingly applied in Pakistan.
* Scripture Prayers for the Mahtam (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.
* Pray that media tools such as radio, TV, literature, and dreams and visions will break through the spiritual barriers holding the Mahtam people back.
* Pray that God will send his workers to this field.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw them out, disciple them, and make them fishers of the men.
* Pray that they will be willing to take the message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone to their communities.
(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest.)
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Mahtam (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Mahtam (Muslim traditions)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||5|
|Alternate Names||Rai Sikh, महटाम (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Western (217,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pnb Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1819-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||House of Love (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||Cartoon Gospel tract|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|