Introduction / History
The Molsom are a sub-tribe of the Halam who live in the northeast Indian state of Tripura. It is believed that the Molsom came to permanently live in Tripura in the late 16th century. The Molsom have their own language, culture and traditions. There is neither written record nor other forms of written literature on the evolution of the Molsom language. However, folk songs and folk tales are the only sources of information on the development of the Molsom language. The roots of the Molsom language can be traced back to their original homeland and the environments they used to live in. In this connection, experts believe that prior to their entry into the Tripura Kingdom, the Molsom lived in areas adjacent to Burma and Mizoram borders.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Halam make their living by agriculture, raising animals and in gathering forest products.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Although half of the Halam claim to be followers of Jesus, many are nominal believers. Their Christian faith is heavily influenced by folk religion and ancestor worship. The Molsom believer that spirits inhabit the object of nature. These spirits must be placated, or they can bring disaster upon the community. Such animistic beliefs are inconsistent with the teachings of God’s Word.
What Are Their Needs?
The Halam need to hear, learn and understand the teachings of the Bible. They need trained pastors who can lead them to a fuller knowledge of the truth. Many of the Halam villages lack access to electricity and the benefits of modern medicine.
* Scripture Prayers for the Halam Molsom in India.
Pray that the Lord provides spiritually mature pastors and elders to lead the Halam churches. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Halam people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out Christian medical and agricultural teams to help the Halam people.