Posts Tagged ‘Pray for the unreached’

  1. Unreached

    Posted on March 11th, 2013 by Jonathan

    Kayastha of India

    Kayastha GirlPopulation:  7,229,000

    Language:  Bengali

    Religion:  Hinduism (99.99%)

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.01%/unknown

    Persecution Rank:  32

    About:  Kayasthas mostly belong to the Hindi-speaking states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

    Kayastha MapWith the passing of time, the Kayasthas have surged ahead. They have broken new grounds in vocations other than those relating to writing and record-keeping, and excelled in them. From among the Kayasthas have arisen all sorts of influential leaders, including a president, a prime minister, a governor, a philosopher, military leaders, eminent scientists, film makers, and musicians.

    Many Kayasthas believe their origin is tied to the god Brahma.  They believe he created someone named Kayasthas to work as an assistant for another god who was responsible for keeping record of the good and evil deeds on the earth, Dharamraj. Some historians hold the view that during the reign of the Mughals, a number of Hindus who were were educated and endowed with sharp intellect attained administrative positions through rapid adaptation to the Persian language and culture of India’s new rulers. These influential Hindus got together and formed a new caste known as Kayastha.

    Prayer Points

    • Pray that the Lord would send laborers into the harvest among the Kayasthas who will make disciples of Jesus.
    • Pray that God would begin to lead the Kayasthas toward Himself, softening their hearts and opening their eyes.
    • Pray that many Kayasthas would follow Jesus and that strong local churches begin in the areas where they live.
    • Pray for God to be worshiped by and glorified through the Kayasthas.

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

    Information for this post was gathered from Joshua Project.  For more information, check out Operation World.

  2. Unreached

    Posted on March 4th, 2013 by Jonathan

     Kashmiri Muslim of India

    Kashmiri ManPopulation:  7,117,000

    Language:  Kashmiri

    Religion:  Islam

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.0%/0.0%

    Persecution Rank:  32

    Introduction / History
    The Kashmiri live in Kashmir State in northwestern India. Kashmir is a breathtaking region located in the western Himalayan Mountains. Unfortunately, this is a highly disputed area. It has been a battleground between India, Pakistan, and China since the partition of the India and Pakistan in 1947.

    When India and Pakistan were divided, Kashmir was given the choice of siding with either of the two countries. Since the ruling class was Hindu, they sided with India. However, most of the people were Muslims and felt more alliance to Pakistan. Today, parts of Kashmir are controlled by India, parts by Pakistan, and parts by China; and fierce fighting continues among the three.

    More than ninety percent of Kashmir is mountainous. It includes the Karakorum Range, which contains K2, the second highest peak in the world. Most of the region is under snow and glaciers all year due to its extreme elevation.

    What are their lives like?
    Kashmir MapThe Kashmiri primarily live in rural regions; only about one-fifth live in cities. They are descendants of Indo-Aryan immigrants and are generally tall, fair skinned, and have features like the people of Central Asia.

    Most of the Kashmiri are peasant farmers. They raise rice, wheat, maize, barley, lentils, and fruits such as apples, peaches, and apricots. The lakes of Kashmir supply many fish and water chestnuts. Sheep, goats, and yaks are raised at higher elevations. These flocks produce cashmere, a rich wool that is also very popular in the West. The men primarily tend to the farms, and the women usually stay home and tend to the household chores.

    Because most Kashmiri villages lie in such remote areas, festival celebrations and pilgrimages to shrines are times for uniting the communities. The villagers enjoy gathering around a fire and sharing folk tales or ballads. They also enjoy music and dancing. Cricket and soccer have become some of their favorite sports. Extended families commonly live together. The Kashmiri are very hospitable people and enjoy entertaining guests over tea. Their diet is similar to that of other Indians. Wood, dung, and kerosene are the main sources of fuel for cooking.

    In addition to farming, many of the Kashmiri are skilled crafters of wood furniture, wool carpets, and sweaters. Industrial development is limited in Kashmir, but the large number of timber forests and rivers are used for producing hydro-electric power. Tourism is also an important industry, although it has declined in recent years because of the violence in the region.

    What are their beliefs?
    Most of the Kashmiri are devout Sunni Muslims, who follow a strict code of conduct. Their civilization has been heavily influenced by Muslim mystics and Persian culture. Only a small minority are Hindus.

    The Kashmiri Muslims are convinced that the Bible is wrong because it contradicts the Koran. Those who convert to Christianity are viewed as immoral, degenerate people; Christians in this region are often persecuted. Many Kashmiri have heard of Jesus Christ, but view him merely as a prophet and teacher.

    Today, there are less than 1,000 known Kashmiri believers.

    Prayer Points

    • Ask God to raise up prayer warriors and laborers for the Kashmiri harvest of believers.
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to missions agencies focusing on the Kashmiri.
    • Pray that the God will give the small number of Kashmiri believers there boldness to share Christ with their own people, especially those suffering from persecution.
    • Ask God to soften the Kashmiri hearts towards the Gospel of Christ.
    • Pray that God will give these precious people grace through faith in Jesus.
    • Ask the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Kashmiri Church 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.

  3. Unreached

    Posted on February 25th, 2013 by Jonathan

     Kapu of India

    Kapu ManPopulation:  14,958,000

    Language:  Telugu

    Religion:  Hinduism

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.01%/unknown

    Persecution Rank:  31

    About:  The word Kapu or Kaapu, in Telugu, means “protector.” They are also referred to by their caste title Naidu, which means “leader.” They are found primarily in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where they make up about one-quarter of the population. The Kapu community in Andhra Pradesh is predominantly concentrated in the coastal districts, North Telangana and Rayalaseema regions, of Andhra Pradesh. They are also found in large numbers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa.

    The Kapu were primarily a military/agrarian community who took up military service and participated in cultivation during peace time. Consequently the Kapu subcastes also evolved based on occupation. Kapus who engaged in trade were referred to as Balija. Balijas who took up military service and protected trading caravans were called Balija Nayakulu or Balija Naidu.

    Kapu MapModern day Kapus have banded together to fight for their political rights in the caste system. They have also organized agricultural unions to protect their way of life. A significant number of Kapus have today diversified into industry, arts, and academia. However, substantial segments of the population are still farmers. They are similar to farming peoples in neighboring Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Orissa Rajasthan, and also Madhya Pradesh. Kapu are primarily Hindu.

    They also live among many Muslims. Today, 30 major denominations are represented in the state. The Church at large, however, has struggled long and hard against nominalism. Of the 33 tribal groups in Andhra Pradesh, 16 have yet to be evangelized.

    Prayer Points

    • Ask God to call people who are willing to go to India and share the love of Jesus with the Kapu.
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Kapu towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
    • Pray that God will use the small number of Kapu believers there to share the Gospel with their friends and families.
    • Pray that the Lord will give the small number of Christian Kapu people grace for faithful and holy living as they trust in Christ for their salvation.
    • Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Kanuri.

    “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.

  4. Unreached

    Posted on February 18th, 2013 by Jonathan

    Kanuri, Yerwa, Beriberi of Nigeria

    Kanuri WomanPopulation:  5,871,000

    Language:  Kanuri, Central

    Religion:  Islam

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.01%/0.0%

    Persecution Rank:  13

    About:  The Kanuri tribes consist of the Yerwa Kanuri, the Manga Kanuri, and several other sub-tribes. The majority of the Kanuri live in the Borno province of northeastern Nigeria, where they are the dominant people group. They are also located in the countries of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, and areas around Lake Chad. This region was once the powerful Borno Empire, ruled by the ancestors of the Kanuri. Others can be found in western Sudan.

    The Kanuri are tall and very dark in appearance, with a stately, dignified look. Many Kanuri speak Hausa, Arabic, or another area language in addition to Kanuri.

    Most of the Kanuri are farmers; however, they usually practice some other occupation during the dry season. Those who farm raise millet as their staple crop, and supplement it with sorghum, corn, and peanuts. They raise sheep, goats, and some horses. Among the Kanuri, horses are a symbol of prestige. The Kanuri who live in cities are involved in government jobs, public service, construction, transportation, and commerce. The Kanuri who have occupations that are related to politics or religion have a very high social status; whereas, those who work as blacksmiths, well-diggers, or butchers have a low social status. The majority of the Kanuri, however, are farmers, craftsmen, and merchants.

    Kanuri settlements vary in size; but most contain walled-in compounds surrounding several mud or grass houses with thatched, cone-shaped roofs. These houses are very cool during the hot months. Farmland surrounds each settlement. Towns serve as local markets and administrative centers for the Kanuri. They contain a local school and mosque. Attached to the mosque are smaller schools for religious teachings.

    Kanuri MapThe household (not the family itself) is an important economic unit to the Kanuri. The greater the number in a family, the more prestige the family head is given. For this reason young men are often “loaned” to households to help with field labor, to provide support, and to help in defending the family. In return, the head of the household will clothe the young man, feed him, pay his bride price, and possibly provide a bride for him. At that time, he will leave and start his own household. This type of relationship is widespread in Kanuri society. It is similar to the father-son relationship in that supreme loyalty and respect is given to the head of the household at all times.

    Like most children, the young Kanuri children often play games with each other. Even before puberty, children learn the roles they will take on when they reach maturity.

    Kanuri men marry while they are in their early twenties. Polygamy is common and a man may have as many as four wives. Young girls marry while they are in their teens. Ideally, a man wants his first wife to be a young virgin. However, the bride price for a virgin is quite expensive, so men often take divorced women as their first wives. The divorce rate among the Kanuri is extremely high, with eight out of ten marriages ending in divorce.

    The traditional Kanuri dress consists of large robe-type garments that are worn with turbans or brightly embroidered caps. The large robes provide protection from the consistent heat. This attire is never worn while working out in the fields, but rather at festivals and Islamic ceremonies.

    The Kanuri have been Muslims since the eleventh century. The Koran emphasizes the importance of the family and the supreme authority of the father. Women are considered inferior to men in the Islamic scriptures, and are treated as such in Kanuri society. Some superstitions are still practiced in conjunction with Islam. Charms and amulets are worn around the neck or in pockets for various reasons. There is a charm to ensure a good pregnancy for a mother. There is also one to keep the ghost of the dead from haunting its descendants.

    Some of the Kanuri tribes have Bible translation need in their native language. Among the nearly five million Kanuri, there are several thousand known believers, mostly among the Ngizim. Additional Christian materials and laborers are desperately needed.

    Prayer Points

    • Ask God to call people who are willing to go to Africa and share the love of Jesus with the Kanuri.
    • Pray that God will use the small number of Kanuri believers to share the Gospel with their friends and families.
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Kanuri towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
    • Pray for the Christians among the Kanuri to remain steadfast in their faith despite the likely pressure, opposition, abandonment, and oppression they feel from their surrounding Muslim friends and family members.
    • Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
    • Pray that God will grant favor to the missions agencies that are currently focusing on the Kanuri.
    • Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Kanuri.

    “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.

  5. Unreached

    Posted on February 11th, 2013 by Jonathan

    Kahar of India

    Kahar WomanPopulation:  7,654,000

    Language:  Hindi

    Religion:  Hinduism

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.0%/unknown

    Persecution Rank:  31

    Kahar People, India

    About:  It seems likely that the Kahar people are a remnant of one of the primitive races who occupied the valley of the Ganges before the incursion of the Aryans. Among them, the Brahman are their sacred specialists. The Kahar have many sacred ceremonies. For example, one of the main ceremonies associated with marriage is to circle a sacred fire seven times.

    The worldview of the Kahar is very different than the biblical worldview. Tools (Jesus Film, recordings, videos, etc.) are available in most of the languages spoken by the Kahar community, but workers are needed to carry these tools to the people.

    Pray

    • Pray that the Lord will soon call out His followers from among the Kahar community. As the local churches are established, pray they will be patient with each other, bearing with one another in love.
    • Pray that laborers will be sent to the harvest there, carrying the gospel of Jesus to the Kahar in their language.
    • Pray that “the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” spreads to the Kahar people.

    “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” - Habakkuk 2:14

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

  6. Unreached

    Posted on February 4th, 2013 by Jonathan

    Kachhi, Hindu of India

    KachhiPopulation:  5,802,000

    Language:  Hindi

    Religion:  Hinduism

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.0%/0.0%

    Persecution Rank:  32

    About:  The Kachhi people are a part of the largest people cluster in India, the Hindi. They are traditionally agrarian workers, growing crops including wheat, gram and lentils. Economically speaking, their main resource is their land due to their agrarian lifestyle. However, in regions like Delhi, the Kachhi are mostly small business owners. Their industries range from selling vegetables, to book binding, to manufacturing plastic toys or electrical parts. Some have made careers in the government or in private sector roles such as medicine or engineering. Education is given to both male and female Kachhi, however continued study is not encouraged for women. In states where their numbers are highest, literacy levels are also quite low.

    Kachhi MapThe diet is traditionally vegetarian (which reflects both their Hindu background and agrarian lifestyle). However as Hindu nominalism creeps in and more roles are taken in the business sector, their diet is now occasionally including meat.

    The Kachhi are almost entirely Hindu. A very small minority are Buddhist or adhere to some other local traditions. The Kachhi Hindu’s predominantly worship Hanuman, Rama, Krishna Shiva, Kali and Durga. They celebrate the various major Hindu festivals and practice rituals of cremation, preferring to spread ashes in the Ganges River. In the cities, many of the younger Hindu Kachhi are becoming more and more nominal. In Gujarat some have started to adopt Muslim concepts and festivals like Ramadan

    It is unclear whether there are any Christians among the 6 million Kachhi. Their deep roots in Hinduism have long made it difficult to evangelize them. However, with growing nominalism towards Hinduism, the gospel has a unique opportunity to share its life-saving news with this people. There is, however, little or no active witness to the Kachhi. They are geographically and linguistically linked to many nearby peoples, so there is opportunity!

    Prayer Points

    • Pray that God would continue to open up doors for the gospel to be shared with the Kachhi.
    • Thank God for His generosity in opening up an interest in “new ideas” among many younger Kachhi.
    • Pray that the Spirit will be working in many Kachhi and cause them to seek out the truth.
    • Pray that many Christians will seek opportunities to go to this people, laborers at the harvest.
    • Pray that God would build His Church among the Kacchi in India.

    “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.

  7. Unreached

    Posted on January 28th, 2013 by Jonathan

    Java Pesisir Lor of Indonesia

    Java Pesisir LorPopulation:  39,999,000

    Language:  Javanese

    Religion:  Islam

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  2.8%/1.9%

    Persecution Rank:  45

    About:  The “Java Pesisir Lor” people are a distinctive Muslim Javanese sub-ethnic group. They inhabit the villages, small towns and cities which stretch south from the North Java
    Sea to the hills and mountains that span two-thirds of the length of the island of Java. This
    sub- ethnic group has more in common with the Islamic Malay-speaking traders and Pesisir Lorseafarers of other Indonesian coastal areas than with their Hindu-mystic Javanese cousins to the south. They are less emotionally reserved and in personal communication they can be direct and aggressive.

    Although the majority of the Java Pesisir Lor people are farmers, fishermen, or both, the trend is for them to seek training for an increasing variety of urban and rural occupations throughout Indonesia. Every day the Pesisir Lor diet consists of a variety of rice and soybean-cake dishes, including vegetables and an occasional egg or bit of meat, always cooked with spices and served with either tea or coffee. Arabic clothing style and drama forms are the current rage. Pesisir “batik” cloth is an explosion of bright colors. The Pesisir Lor people’s preferred musical instruments are cymbals, drums and two stringed musical instruments, rather than the traditional five-tone Javanese “gamelan”. Reading the Qur’an and practicing martial arts take precedence over shadow plays and courtly dances. One-story bamboo-framed homes and modern brick homes are build side by side, both constructed with red tiled roofs.

    The Pesisir Lor need better access to underground water sources and a better system of dams and irrigation. More large-scale industry needs to be developed throughout the area in order to provide a greater variety of work opportunities for the poor masses. Current channels for many of their industrial and commercial products are not adequate.

    Nearly all the Pesisir Lor people profess the Sunni Islamic faith, but Sufi mystical beliefs are widely practiced. Orthodox “santri” Muslims seek divine favor through the mediating spirit of Sheik Abdul Kadir Jaelani and the public reading of his holy book, Manaqib. In contrast, mystic “abangan” Javanese perform the “Selametan Rasulan” religious ritual to seek the blessings of not only the prophet Mohammed, but also numerous saints, spirits and deities. Most orthodox Javanese seek to practice the nine guidelines laid down by Sunan Ja’far and Sunan Kalijaga, two of the nine original Islamic missionaries who brought Islam to the north coast of Java and whose graves there are venerated to this day. These nine guidelines include: religious law, reality, mysticism, wisdom, confession of faith, ritual prayers, alms, fasting and pilgrimage. Year around groups of the Javaneses Pesisir Lor people travel to these graves beseeching the ancient spirits for health, salvation and sustenance.

    Prayer Points

    • Thank God for the 1.9% evangelical Christians among Indonesia’s Java Pesisir Lor people.  Ask Him to give these brothers and sisters wisdom, boldness, and passion to proclaim Jesus.
    • Pray that God equips, grows, and matures His church among the Pesisir Lor.
    • Pray that the Lord sends laborers into the harvest among the Pesisir Lor.
    • Ultimately, ask the Lord to unblind the Pesisir Lor’s eyes from deception of Islam and mysticism, soften their hearts, convict them of their sin, and kindly draw them to repentance as they place their hope and trust in Christ alone – the one true God.

    “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.

  8. Unreached

    Posted on January 21st, 2013 by Jonathan

    Java Banyumasan of Indonesia

    Population:  8,242,000

    Language:  Javanese

    Religion:  Islam

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  2.5%/1.9

    Persecution Rank:  45

    About:  The Java Banyumasan live in the southwest part of the province of Central Java, specifically in the regencies of Cilacap, Kebumen, Purworejo, Purbalingga, Banjarnegara and Banyumas. The Java Banyumasan is one of the subgroups of the Java people groups, but they have their own cultural variations which differ from other Java peoples.

    Most of the Java Banyumasan people make their living from farming, but compared to the other people groups of Indonesia, they are fairly advanced in this field. Besides having fertile land, they use the land well, even more so now that they have modern equipment. The industrial sector is also experiencing rapid growth. An example of this is the development of Cilacap as an industrial city. Besides heavy industry, small industries are also growing well. Woven bamboo and brown sugar products are a mainstay of small industry. In addition to fulfilling the needs of the Java Banyumasan themselves, these commodities are sold in other areas.

    The Java Banyumasan people still need assistance to increase their agricultural production. They need more dams and a better irrigation system could help them harvest more than three times as much per year. The opening of more work opportunities could decrease migration of youth to Cilacap and other cities. Development of new industry is still needed outside the city of Cilacap.

    The majority of the Java Banyumasan are Muslim. However, 80% of them are nominal Muslims (abangan). The other 20% are serious Muslims (santri) who strictly follow Islamic teachings and are faithful in worship. In addition, some Jawa Banyumasan also follow animistic beliefs. They believe there are spirits that come from the unseen world. For example, they believe in spirits such as bujungan (shrouded ghosts, shaped like a corpse in burial cloth); jangkrong (shaped like a human skull); and dhemit (spirits that live at shrines). Places that are often considered sacred include graves, mountains, caves and seas. Some of the Jawa Banyumasan still seek help from a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) if they are sick or bothered by spirits. They often hold ceremonial meals (selamatan) or ritual feasts (kenduri), which include use of mantras and offerings to spirits. The purpose is to protect their area from calamity.

    Prayer Points

    • Thank God for the 1.9% evangelical Christians among Indonesia’s Java Banyumasan.  Ask Him to give these brothers and sisters wisdom, boldness, and passion to proclaim Jesus.
    • Pray that God equips, grows, and matures His church among the Java Banyumasan.
    • Pray that the Lord sends laborers into the harvest among the Java Banymasan.
    • Ultimately, ask the Lord to unblind the Java Banyumasan’s eyes, soften their hearts, convict them, and kindly draw them to repentance as they place their hope and trust in Christ alone – the one true God.

    “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.

  9. Unreached

    Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Jonathan

    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.

  10. Unreached

    Posted on December 17th, 2012 by Jonathan

    Jat, Muslim of Pakistan

    Population:  29,768,000

    Language:  Punjabi, Western

    Religion:  Islam

    %Christian/%Evangelical:  0.00%/0.00%

    Persecution Rank:  10

    The Jat people are one of the most prosperous groups in India on a per-capita basis (Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat are the wealthiest of Indian states). Haryana has the largest number of rural crorepatis (similar to “millionaires”) in India, all of whom are Jats.

    Traditionally, Jats have dominated as the political class in Haryana and Punjab. A number of Jat people belonging to the political classes have produced many political leaders, including the 6th Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.

    In 1931, the date of the last census of the British Raj before the abolition of caste, they were distributed throughout North India, mostly in the Punjab and Rajputana. Today, the largest population centre is located in the Punjab region, Haryana and Rajasthan; there are smaller distributions across the world, due to the large immigrant diaspora. In the immigrant diaspora major populations centers include the U.K., U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Russia, Belgium and Australia. The Association of Jats of America (AJATA) is the main Jat people organization of North America. It serves as the main body, forum and lobby for Jat people issues in North America.

    Jat people have a history of being brave and ready fighters. They are fiercely independent in character and value their self respect more than anything, which is why they offered heavy resistance against any foreign force that treated them unjustly. They are known for their pride, bravery and readiness to sacrifice their lives in battle for their people and kinsmen. In the government of their villages, they appear much more democratic. They have less reverence for hereditary right and a preference for elected headmen.

    The Jat people are required to marry within their community. The joint family system was popular amongst the Jats, and large families use to share the same house and hearth. With the advancement of modern civilization, as people are becoming less dependent upon and less tolerant towards each other, the joint family system is going out of vogue. It was still prevalent in the less advanced areas in the 1930s. Jat marriage ceremonies are traditionally conducted in according with Vedic rituals. Widow marriage is not only permitted and practiced but is also a social obligation.

    The census in 1931 in India recorded population on the basis of ethnicity. In 1925, the population of Jats was around nine million in South Asia and was made up of followers of three major religions: Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. Today there is a small group of adherents to Christianity, especially Jats living in the in UK.

    Prayer Points

    • Pray that God would send people to Pakistan to share the good news of Jesus with the Jats there.
    • Pray that the Lord would begin to soften the Jats’ hearts and that they would abandon themselves in humility before the King of Kings.
    • Pray that God would establish His church among the Jats and that they would spread the gospel.
    • Pray that God would be glorified.

    “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.