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Jamatia in Bangladesh

Jamatia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,300 War-Jaintia Hinduism 21.97 % Unknown No No   

Jamatia in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The War-Jaintia belong to the wider Khasi ethnic group, but speak War-Jaintia. They live in isolated and scattered hilltop villages throughout Sylhet division in the areas that border India. They do so partly to be separated from the Bengalis who differ from them ethnically, religiously, and culturally, but also to be closer to their livelihood: the betel nut leaves which grow deep in the hilly forests. Nearly 100% of the War-Jaintia — men and women — are involved in the cultivating, harvesting, and selling of betel nut leaves.

Almost as high is the percentage of Christians among them. There has been great response to the gospel since missionary work began among the Khasi people in the 19th century. Most belong to the Presbyterian Church or, to a lesser extent, to the Catholic Church. However, nominalism and materialism seem to have weakened the War-Jaintia church. Also, a lack of full-time Christian workers and a decrease in missionary activity among the War-Jaintia have contributed to the weakening. A low literacy rate is another cause for the lack of spiritual vitality. Because the War-Jaintia as a group cannot read the Bangla Bible or the standard Khasi Bible well, it is difficult for them to grow as disciples.

What are their beliefs?
They are proud to say that their people are almost all Christian. They and other ethnic Khasi members have been Christianized for over 100 years.

There are several denominations (Presbyterian, Catholic, Church of God, and Baptist). Most medium- to large-sized villages have a church from at least one, and usually two, of these denominations.

Is The Word Of God Translated? The War-Jaintia would say yes, but actually, research shows that the language of the Bible (standard Khasi) is quite different from their mother tongue.

What are their needs?
The literacy rate is 40-60%. It's difficult to know what percent of the War-Jaintia are literate enough to understand the Bible in either Bangla or Standard Khasi.

Missionary activity has decreased significantly among the War-Jaintia. To inject new life and energy into the War-Jaintia church, teaching and training of pastors and lay workers would be especially helpful. It would be great to see the church leadership energized and mobilized, and a new generation of leaders/pastors trained. Also, they need Scriptures they can understand.

Prayer Points
* Pray that they would have a hunger for God's Word, and a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that materialism would be replaced by a passion for God and they would take specific and sacrificial steps to gain access to Scriptures they can understand.
* Pray for protection and growth of the young generation that is growing up without a strong church, and without strong Christian role models.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,300
Largest Provinces:
Chittagong (4,500)Sylhet (800)
Total Provinces on file:2
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jamatia
People Name General: Jamatia
Alternate People Names:
Jaintiaजमातिया
ROP3 Code: 112290
Joshua Project People ID: 16979
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,300
Population all Countries: 90,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Garo-Tripuri
People Name General: Jamatia
Ethnic Code: MSY50s
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Language
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Primary Language: War-Jaintia (5,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aml    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity21.97 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism73.43 % 
Islam4.60 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Yes
Complete Bible: 1897-1981
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
 
 
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Jamatia in Bangladesh

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