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Bhisti in Pakistan


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Bhisti in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The name "Bhisti" is from a Persian word for paradise. This name was given to them because they carried water to thirsty soldiers. Their language is Urdu; however, they also speak the languages of the different areas where they live.

Where are they located?
North India, Karachi (a city in Pakistan), and Nepal's Terai Region are home to Bhisti people.

What are their lives like?
As water carriers, the Bhisti people do hard work with very little pay. As drinkable water has become more available, many of them have left this profession for other low-paying jobs in carpentry, making cigarettes, welding, and painting. It is common for Bhisti people to be landless agricultural workers.

What are their beliefs?
In Pakistan the Bhisti people are solidly Muslim, though they incorporate folk religion with Islam. They believe in evil spirits, which puts them in a constant state of fear. They often have village deities, and someone in the village acts as caretaker for this spirit to protect them from natural disasters and sickness. The Bhisti people celebrate Muslim festivals and go to the tombs of Muslim Sufi saints in hopes of gaining favor.

What are their needs?
The Bhisti people need to know the sovereign Lord who can push back the work of evil spirits and free them from fear. They need to depend on Him for their needs, and forsake the spirits they now appease.

Prayer Points
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 mental condition, as they are often filled with the fear of the evil spirits.
Pray especially for their souls that they may hear and respond to the one true God who loves them and longs to give them living water.
Pray for a disciple making movement among the Bhisti people that will spread throughout South Asia.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-11
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:72,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (62,000)Punjab (6,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (300)Islamabad (80)
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  Peoples [3]
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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: 72,000
Population all Countries: 725,000
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: Sindhi (36,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (21,000)Punjabi, Western (6,200)
Saraiki (4,000)Marwari (2,400)
Dhatki (1,700)Kacchi (200)
Bagri (100)Pashto, Northern (80)
Hindko, Northern (60)
Total Languages: 10
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Bhisti in Pakistan

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    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Bhisti Pakistan    
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