Mal (Hindu traditions) in India

Mal is a shortened form of a Sanskrit phrase that can mean wrestler. The Mals live mainly in the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. They speak Hindi, Bengali, or another language, depending on their location. Most of them are agricultural laborers with no land of their own, although they are also known for being watchmen or gatekeepers.

Ministry Obstacles
The Mal people live in states where there are very few followers of Christ, and they have almost no contact with anyone who has put their faith in the only Savior.

Outreach Ideas
Believers can sponsor cultural events that honor the Mal people with demonstrations of their wrestling abilities, etc. These events can include showings of the JESUS Film and free gospel material.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are no believers among the Mal people that we know of. Pray that this will change soon.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray that the Mal, the "wrestlers," will soon have an opportunity to be confronted by the true and living God. Pray that they, like Jacob, will persevere in faith and find their true purpose as children of God. * Pray that God gives the Mal dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. * Pray that the community leaders among them will come to Jesus Christ and lead the others to salvation. * Pray for Mal believers to disciple others who will in turn disciple others.

Scripture Focus
"As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation." Genesis 17:20

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