Jat, Virk (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Joshua Project has identified the Jat, Virk (Muslim traditions) only in Pakistan
Population
164,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 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 164,000
World Population 164,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names जात, विर्क (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 19914
ROP3 Code 115902
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: 5
Largest States
Punjab (136,000) Sindh (24,000) Azad Kashmir (2,200)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,700) Balochistan (100)
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: 5
Punjab (136,000) Sindh (24,000)
Azad Kashmir (2,200) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,700)
Balochistan (100)

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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (130,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 6
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (13,000) Sindhi (7,500) Saraiki (6,500)
Koli, Parkari (200) Marwari (50)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (130,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 6
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (13,000) Sindhi (7,500)
Saraiki (6,500) Koli, Parkari (200)
Marwari (50)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video House of Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
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
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
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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