Jat Virk (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

The Jat Virk (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in Pakistan
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Introduction

On the Pakistan side of Punjab, the Virk Jats are Muslim. Those on the Indian side are mostly Sikh. Virks still control the Pakistani city of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province politically and economically. They have a long history in that city.

Almost all the information about them found on the Internet has to do with their history. However, there are some interesting Virk Jats in modern times including Bollywood movie actresses and police chiefs.


Ministry Obstacles

In Pakistan there are relatively few opportunities for someone to hear the gospel from another person. With the intense persecution of religious minorities, few would dare to share Christ in this environment.


Outreach Ideas

The Virk Jats have the entire New Testament available to them in their main language, Western Punjabi. There are also gospel-oriented gospel recordings available for downloading in this language.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Virk Christian believers, but please pray for any secret believers.


Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers to this waiting harvest field.
* Pray for mission agencies to train missionaries to share the gospel message with the Virk Jat in a culturally sensitive way.
* Ask God to soften hearts and draw Virk Jat elders into a relationship with God through His Son.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-26
People Name General Jat Virk (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Jat Virk (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 169,000
World Population 169,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names जाट, विर्क (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 19914
ROP3 Code 115902
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
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 5
Largest States
Punjab
140,000
Sindh
25,000
Azad Kashmir
2,300
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1,700
Balochistan
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 140,000
  Sindh 25,000
  Azad Kashmir 2,300
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,700
  Balochistan 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (129,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Urdu
14,000
Sindhi
7,800
Saraiki
6,900
Koli, Parkari
100
Marwari
50
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (129,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 14,000
  Sindhi 7,800
  Saraiki 6,900
  Koli, Parkari 100
  Marwari 50
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
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
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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