Raysipotra in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Raysipotra
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 700
World Population: 700
Primary Language: Gujarati
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

Raysipotra comes from Raysojee people who part of the Dal Muslim community. They are a small people group of only several hundred desert people.

Where Are they Located?

This Muslim people group lives in northern Gujarat. There might be some who live in neighboring Pakistan, specifically the Sindh Province.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Their only possible lifestyle is pastoral, because their climate is dry and hot. They are cattle breeders, and they take their cattle to bazaars to sell. They also raise goats and buffaloes. Many have gone to other parts of India in search of jobs.
They marry within their community, usually with cousins.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Raysipotra people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. Living in South Asia, their form of Islam is not orthodox. The Hindu mindset affects them along with the felt need to depend on charms and amulets to protect them. To them, Allah is too distant to protect them, though he is the one who determines everyone's eternal destination.

What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Gujarati, their spoken language, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They need spiritual freedom given only by the Son who can make them "free indeed."

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Raysipotra people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Raysipotra families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Raysipotra families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Raysipotra family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey