Introduction / History
Girasia means landlords. The Molesalam Girasia live in the state of Gujarat. They speak, read and write in Gujarati.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Agriculture is their main work. A community council judges their disagreements. They have a low literacy level so the gospel needs to be presented in oral form. The Molesalam Girasia prefer cousin marriages. They don't allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, daughters get some of the inheritance, but not as much as sons.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Molesalam Girasia people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.
What Are Their Needs?
The Molesalam Girasia people need a submitted relationship with God the Father so that they can experience life to the full.
* Scripture Prayers for the Molesalam in India.
Pray that as the Molesalam Girasia become attracted to Jesus enough to begin their own discovery Bible studies. Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to start a movement to Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will lead them to salvation. Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for truth that will lead them to Christ.