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Bhil in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
457,000 Marwari Islam 1.14 % Unknown No   

Bhil in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Bhil peoples are low on the social totem pole in Hindu India, which spills over into neighboring Pakistan where the caste system is still in effect despite Islam being the dominant religion. Most of the information on the Bhil peoples is about the Hindu Bhils in India, since there are many more of them in that country than in Pakistan.

Where are they located?
The Bhils are mostly in India, but those in Pakistan live in the Tharparkar District of Sindh Province.

What are their lives like?
The Bhils live mostly in rural areas, where many are migrant farm workers who follow the seasonal crops to bring extra income to their suffering families. In Pakistan many work for Muslim landowners. Wheat and millet are staple food crops, followed by rice, cotton lint, and corn. For the farmers, the arid land requires irrigation. Monsoon rains are the key to their existence.

What are their beliefs?
In India most Bhils are Hindu or animistic, but in Pakistan they mix Islam with traditional religion. There are many Hindus among the Bhil people in Pakistan. In the 1960s there was work among the Bhils that lasted for a couple of decades. We don't know if the fruit of this work is still in existence.

What are their needs?
There is no future in being a landless farmer like many of these people are. The Bhil peoples in Pakistan need education that will help them get good jobs for today's job market.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers for the Bhil peoples in Pakistan.
* Pray for a church planting movement among the Bhils in Pakistan.
* Pray for the Bhil peoples to "gossip the gospel" to others, leading to Christ-followers in India and Pakistan.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-11-21
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:457,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (450,000)Punjab (7,400)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bhil
People Name General: Bhil
Alternate People Names:
Bhil GarasiaBhilala
BillawaDholi Bhil
Dugri GarasiaDungra Bhil
Dungri GirasiaGarasia
ROP3 Code: 111565
Joshua Project People ID: 16414
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 457,000
Population all Countries: 17,130,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Bhil
People Name General: Bhil
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marwari (164,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mve    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (130,000)Sindhi Bhil (44,000)
Saraiki (36,000)Koli, Kachi (23,000)
Urdu (21,000)Sansi (15,000)
Marwari (11,000)Kacchi (10,000)
Dhatki (9,000)Koli, Wadiyari (7,300)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 18
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.14 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism9.78 % 
Islam89.08 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1969-1991
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Marwari
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Bhil in Pakistan

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    South Asia Tribal - Bhil     Asia, South    
      Bhil Pakistan    
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