Dhobi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

The Dhobi are a large collective community of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. They derive their name from the Sanskrit term dahv which means 'wash'. The Dhobi are traditionally the clothes washers. They are a scheduled caste in many of the states of India, where the majority of the Dhobi live. Most Dhobi are Hindu, and a majority of the Muslim Dhobi lives in Pakistan. In general, the attitude of the Dhobi toward education is quite good and literacy in some locations is higher than in other Muslim communities. The Dhobi in Pakistan are strongly Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles
Christian workers are few in Pakistan, and spiritual opposition is great.

Outreach Ideas
Since education is valued highly by the Muslim Dhobi, perhaps the Lord can use education as a means to bringing many Muslim Dhobi to faith.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are no reported Christians among the Dhobi of Pakistan. However, please pray that the Lord is now preparing teachers and shepherds for the many Dhobi who will soon come to Christ as Savior and Lord.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Dhobi people will continue to value education and provide good schooling for their children.

Scripture Focus
"I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations ... Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth." Psalm 57:9-11



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