Unreached

By Jonathan Lenning

Jat, Sikh of India

Population:  11,025,000

Language:  Punjabi, Western

Religion:  Other/small

%Christian/%Evangelical:  0.01%/unknown

Persecution Rank:  32

About:  Today, the Jats are located all over India and some surrounding countries. The largest concentration is in the Punjab Region, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. They are immersed in several ethnic groups who retain an identity often based on occupation and heritage. They arrived in the sub-continent as invaders, yet did not establish ruling dynasties. They were presumably Indo-Iranian, but in the course of time, they mixed with other invaders and older Indian inhabitants. A popular occupation among them is farming. A small percentage are traders and laborers. They eat unleavened bread (roti) and curry, seasonal vegetables, ghee and milk. Girls are tattooed before marriage. Women are fond of jewelry and wear bangles made of ivory, lac (a resinous material), or clay, but never glass.

A man cannot take a wife from his own section. For a wedding, a square enclosure is made known as Chaonari and a fire sacrifice is performed. The couple walk seven times around the Chaonari with their right hand inward. Widow remarriage is allowed but cannot marry her younger brother-in-law or near relatives of her deceased husband. The dead are cremated except children under seven, who are buried.

When a man dies, his widow goes around his body seven times in the reverse direction of the one during marriage, indicating the undoing of marriage and breaks a few of her bangles. An important occasion for display among them is a ceremony which is done among wealthy families when the head of the family or his wife dies, or when a daughter is married. The person who does the ceremony is highly respected and his opinion is given weight in caste disputes. The Jats also have special ceremonies during the Dussera and Baisakhi festivals.

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to graciously call people to go to India and share Christ with the Jats.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften their hearts towards the gospel.
  • Ask God to raise up faithful prayer warriors and intercessors to pray for the Sikh Jats of India and the people reaching out to them.
  • Ask the Lord to raise up a triumphant church among the Jat for the glory of His name!

“Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!”
Psalm 67

Information for this post was gathered from Joshua Project.  Check out Operation World for more information.

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