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Chopan in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,800 Kashmiri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Chopan in India

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Introduction / History
The oldest known community in the Himalayan Mountains of Kashmir are the Pohul people! Their ancestors were shepherds; today they still tend livestock.

Where are they located?
The small Pohul community lives in Jammu and Kashmir, India's far northern state with a Muslim majority.

What are their lives like?
The Pohuls are shepherds, the oldest occupation in that region. They tend their flocks of sheep and goats in these rugged Himalayan Mountains. They sometimes have to climb over boulders with their livestock to find good grazing land and clean water. The Pohul people are widely distributed in rural areas; however, some have been able to mix with more affluent Muslim communities and are now working for the Indian government.

The Pohul people rarely eat meat primarily because it is expensive, but on special occasions they will enjoy mutton, a favorite meat in India. Like many other castes in India, the Pohul people have their marriages arranged by their parents. Indeed, marriage is their most important ritual although these Muslims keep it simple.

They are unengaged as well as unreached, so no one is involved in reaching out to the Pohuls with the gospel. Their rural, remote lifestyle is an obstacle in reaching them, but nothing is impossible with God.

What are their beliefs?
The Pohul people are Sunni Muslims who believe that Islam offers the spiritual answers that all peoples need.

What are their needs?
The Pohul people need to have the chance to become children of the Living God and disciples of Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray that God will put it on the hearts of Indian believers to disciple the Pohul community in the ways of Christ and teach them to disciple others.
Pray for God to prepare Pohul hearts to recognize the truth of the gospel message.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.

(J&K book, pp 567-76)

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-10-31
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,800
Largest States:
Jammu and Kashmir (3,800)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Chopan
People Name General: Chopan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113377
Joshua Project People ID: 17897
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,800
Population all Countries: 3,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Chopan
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kashmiri (3,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kas    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1813-1954
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1899-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kashmiri
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Chopan in India

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      Chopan India    
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