Chopan in India

Photo Source:  Anonymous 
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Chopan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,200
World Population: 3,200
Primary Language: Kashmiri
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 / History

The oldest known community in the Himalayan Mountains of Kashmir are the Pohul people! Their ancestors were shepherds; today they still tend livestock.

Where Are they Located?

The small Pohul community lives in Jammu and Kashmir, India's far northern state with a Muslim majority.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pohuls are shepherds, the oldest occupation in that region. They tend their flocks of sheep and goats in these rugged Himalayan Mountains. They sometimes have to climb over boulders with their livestock to find good grazing land and clean water. The Pohul people are widely distributed in rural areas; however, some have been able to mix with more affluent Muslim communities and are now working for the Indian government.

The Pohul people rarely eat meat primarily because it is expensive, but on special occasions they will enjoy mutton, a favorite meat in India. Like many other castes in India, the Pohul people have their marriages arranged by their parents. Indeed, marriage is their most important ritual although these Muslims keep it simple.

They are unengaged as well as unreached, so no one is involved in reaching out to the Pohuls with the gospel. Their rural, remote lifestyle is an obstacle in reaching them, but nothing is impossible with God.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pohul people are Sunni Muslims who believe that Islam offers the spiritual answers that all peoples need.

What Are Their Needs?

The Pohul people need to have the chance to become children of the Living God and disciples of Christ.

Prayer Points

*Pray that God will put it on the hearts of Indian believers to disciple the Pohul community in the ways of Christ and teach them to disciple others.
*Pray for God to prepare Pohul hearts to recognize the truth of the gospel message.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.

Text Source:   Keith Carey