Gujjar (Muslim traditions) in India

In Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal states, Gujjars are mostly pastoral nomads, having no villages or other permanent settlements. They roam behind their herds of cattle on carts and horses and make their temporary settlements under tents in forest areas. They move to high altitude hills in summer while came back to pastoral grounds of lowlands in winter. Some are Hindu, but the majority are Muslim in both India and Pakistan.

Ministry Obstacles
Gujjar people are usually on the move with their livestock. It will take some special believers to live among these livestock herders and teach them to "follow the Lamb of God."

Outreach Ideas
Global Recordings Network (GRN) has produced audio Bible teachings in their Gujari language. It would be helpful for Christians to live among them with veterinarian skills, etc.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray that the few followers of Christ among the Gujjar people will excel in love and peace-making as they interact with other people. Pray that they will exhibit the joy of the Holy Spirit in abundance.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Gujjars a desire for a relationship with a holy God rather than a religious system. * Pray for the Lord to raise up a team of disciplers who will live among the Gujjars and show them how to live for Christ and how to teach others to do the same. * Pray for abundant rain for their livestock and a good education for Gujjar children.

Scripture Focus
"The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:34



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