When those from the Indian subcontinent hear the word "Baghban," most think of the hit Bollywood film with that title. But when a farmer from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan hears that word, he thinks of himself, his family and his community. The Muslim Baghban people are spread far and wide, and as a result, they might speak any of eight languages. You can find them in both the rural and urban parts of India and Pakistan. The Baghban people are a community of gardeners, and "Baghban" is the literal definition of their trade: gardening. Others engage in wholesale and retail sales of fruits. In Pakistan, they have an educational trust, and there is also Baghban Muslim Welfare Association that advocates for their needs.
All Baghban are Muslims, as Islam has been deeply ingrained in their culture and identity. There may be no followers of Christ among them.
The Baghban community needs to hear about what Jesus can do for them as individuals, families and communities. There are evangelistic materials available in their languages.
"On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38
Pray for this people group to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the overflowing, gracious love of God.
Pray that God will open Baghban hearts to the gospel and will raise up His ambassadors to tell them of Jesus. Pray that God will reveal Himself in dreams and visions and send believers who can explain those dreams and visions to them. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Baghban people in Pakistan and India in this decade.
|People Name:||Baghban (Muslim traditions)|
|Online Audio NT:||No|