Rangrez (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
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People Name: Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 75,000
World Population: 384,100
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

The word 'rangrez' means a dyer in the Persian language, and the community has been connected with this occupation, while others were tailors and washermen. They have three subdivisions: the Lalgarh, Nilgarh, and Chhipi. Chhipi are placed in the lowest position, because they dyed and printed clothes; whereas the Lalgarh and Nilgarh generally prepare color from indigo. They are a Sunni Muslim community. They also visit the shrines of various Sufi saints found in North India, such as Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Rangrez now have Other Backward caste status in most states of North India. There are a number of Rangrez caste associations. Quite a few Rangrez have immigrated to Pakistan.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition may be the strongest barrier to the Gospel in Pakistan.

Outreach Ideas

Electronic communication offers wonderful opportunities for the Gospel in countries otherwise closed to Christian workers. Radio, Internet, satellite television – all are helpful.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Rangrez have identified themselves as Christians to the census, not in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal. There may be a few secret believers, and these people need prayer support. Pray they will find each other for mutual encouragement and instruction.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Rangrez community will be increasingly drawn to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) as the Koran is read in the mosque. Pray the Lord will open their minds and hearts to understand and believe that Jesus is deity, the son of God, and that he died for our sins.

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