Bhangi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Bhangi (Muslim traditions)
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People Name: Bhangi (Muslim traditions)
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 81,000
World Population: 219,600
Primary Language: Sindhi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The Bhangi, a Scheduled Caste in India, were traditionally associated with scavenging, sweeping, basket-making, etc. In the colonial period they were brought into urban areas to perform the first two roles and they became an urban community. The majority are employed by the municipality as scavengers. In addition, they also prepare bamboo articles and work as drum-beaters. A few of the Bhangi living in cities are educated. Most Bhangi in South Asia are Hindu, but a sizable subgroup is Muslim, living in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bhangi speak several languages, as most communities do in South Asia. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subgroup.

Outreach Ideas

The Gospel of Christ needs to come to these people primarily in oral form. Pray for workers who know how to communicate the Gospel in story form, and also for videos and recordings to be made available to these people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no reported Christians among the Muslim Bhangi community, in any country of residence. Please pray the Lord will begin stirring the hearts of these people to find forgiveness for their sin. Pray they will be given growing interest in Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), and will be drawn to who Jesus truly is.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for improving literacy rates among the Bhangi, and for a better standard of living. They have been among the Untouchable castes, and this stigma needs to be removed.

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