Jat (Sikh traditions) in India

The Sikh Jat trace their origin to the time of the fifth Sikh Guru Arjun Dev (AD 1581-1606), when a large section of the Majha Jat embraced Sikhism. At the village level, the Jat Sikh have felt a threat to their identity, but not on a national level. During the naming ceremony for a child the Sikh religious book (Granth Sahib) is opened and the child is given a name beginning with the letter of the word of the page. Though they staunchly adhere to the tenets of Sikhism, many visit Hindu pilgrimage centers.

Ministry Obstacles
The Sikh Jat speak well over 30 languages and are spread over several states of northern India, probably requiring a number of separate evangelistic and church planting projects to fully reach the community.

Outreach Ideas
Focused prayer for the Jat community coupled with several ministry projects will be necessary.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Jesus among the Jat to make every effort to keep the unity of Christ's Spirit through the bond of peace. Pray they will learn to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in every circumstance.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Jat community to prepare their children well for the challenges of a rapidly changing society, and to care adequately for the indigent within their community.

Scripture Focus
"The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18



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