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Bhisti in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
647,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bhisti in India

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Introduction / History
The term Bhisti is derived from the Persian word bihisht, meaning paradise, and they were so named on account of the services they rendered to thirsty soldiers. They claim their ancestry from Hazrat Abbas Alamdar, who went to fetch water from a pond in a skin-bag to quench the thirst of the followers of Imam Husain on their way to Damascus. A Bhisti saved the life of an emperor during the Moghul Empire, earning them the respect of some.

What are their lives like?
The Bhistis do not have good status in today’s India. Their water is used for drinking, for cooling systems and for watering graves.

Today their livelihood is endangered because there are better ways for people to get water. There are water taps in many urban areas. People use these, but so do the Bhistis, who fill their leather pouches with it. Bhistis do not earn much money for their difficult job which includes fetching the water, tying the entrance for the leather container and taking it to customers. They hold the heavy leather pouch at their sides as they walk through busy marketplaces.

What are their beliefs?
The Bihishti belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. They venerate their village deity, Khera Dev and fear Evil spirits.

What are their needs?
The Bhisti may well have an inadequate understanding of who Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) truly is. Pray the Lord will open their eyes.

Prayer Points
Pray the Bhisti community will increasingly thirst for living water.

Pray for the Bhisti people's economic well-being as they struggle to make a living in a world that has changed dramatically since their caste began.

Pray for their spiritual condition, as they are often filled with the fear of evil spirits.

Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Bhisti families and communities.

Pray the Lord will begin to call out believers. Pray they will be adequately instructed in the faith and will grow to maturity in Christ.



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Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-09
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:647,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (563,000)Rajasthan (44,000)
Uttarakhand (17,000)Madhya Pradesh (10,000)
Gujarat (3,100)Maharashtra (2,900)
Bihar (500)Delhi (500)
Karnataka (400)Himachal Pradesh (400)
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People Name in Country: Bhisti
People Name General: Bhisti
Alternate People Names:
Sekh AbbasiShaikh Abbasi
Shaikh SaqqaSheikh Abbasi
ROP3 Code: 111569
Joshua Project People ID: 16418
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 647,000
Population all Countries: 718,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Bhisti
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Urdu (527,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (5,000)Braj Bhasha (2,900)
Awadhi (2,700)Gujarati (1,800)
Kanauji (1,400)Garhwali (1,300)
Bundeli (1,200)Mewari (800)
Dhundari (800)Hindi (400)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Urdu
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Bhisti in India

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    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Bhisti India    
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