Mochi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Mochi (Muslim traditions)
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,564,000
World Population: 3,656,000
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

If you were to purchase any sort of saddle or leather shoes in Nepal, northern India or Pakistan, chances are good that it was put together by a Mochi. The name "Mochi" comes from the Sanskrit mochika and the Hindi word Mojna which mean "to fold." While the Chamars would do the initial slaughtering and preparation of the cattle hide, the Mochis are the ones who typically do the finishing work on leather items. For this reason, the Mochi have higher status than the Chamar community.

What Are Their Lives Like?

People with low status seldom get the chance to rise above their lot through education. Educational standards are low for the Mochis.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though Pakistan is a Muslim culture, it is heavily influenced by Hinduism. For that reason, communities like the Mochis that deal with dead animals have low status.

What Are Their Needs?

These people need to realize that they cannot please God without being empowered by the Holy Spirit. They cannot have the Holy Spirit without Jesus Christ. They need someone to take the gospel to them, but this is very difficult in a closed Muslim country like Pakistan.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to thrust out loving, anointed workers to the Mochi people in Pakistan.
Pray that the Lord will make a way for them to respond to the name of Jesus Christ.
Pray that the Church will begin connecting with Mochi Muslims and help lead to the Light of the World.
Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi Muslims that will result in a disciple-making movement and transformed lives.

Text Source:   Joshua Project