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Guhayna

The 1.3 million Guhayna are fairly nomadic people and are one of three main groups of Arabs who live in the White Nile/Sudan area. Not much is known about this people group other than that they are Sudanese Arabs who trace their heritage to the Bedouin that wandered the deserts of Saudi Arabia centuries ago.

The Guhayna embrace the religion of Islam and aspects of pure Arab life. They adhere to rigid codes of honor, loyalty and hospitality, the strong role of men in society, the value of children, subservience of women (although they are more liberal and dress more freely than many of their counterparts around the world), and the Five Pillars of Islam.

Most Christian workers have concentrated on reaching the Southern Sudanese and have neglected the country’s Muslim majority. Among these Muslims, conversion to Christianity is not well-accepted and comes with severe consequences.

 

Prayer Points

  • Pray that fear of persecution from Islamic relatives will not hinder the Guhayna as they consider the Gospel.
  • Pray for relief workers in Sudan who are skilled in administration, logistics, education, finances, healthcare, and community training.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Sudanese Arabic
  • Trade Language: Arabic
  • Population: 1,350,000
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Dar Hamid

The Dar Hamid, a confederation of about nineteen tribes and several sub-groups, share a common culture and are led by a single chief. This nomadic group in northern Sudan has a population of about 695,000.

Traditionally, the Dar Hamid are Sunni Muslims. However, as a rule, most are not religious and know very little about Islam. Very few can read or write, and the written word is actually considered a source of magical power.

The Dar Hamid raise all types of livestock and trade them for essential living supplies. The men tend to the herds and the women to the households and small gardens. As nomads, they have very complex systems of migration. Because the desert is very dangerous, some men carry swords, and all carry sheathed daggers and shotguns or rifles to protect themselves from bandits.

 

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the chiefs and key leaders to be saved and to boldly share the Gospel with their own people.
  • Pray for workers skilled in education, humanitarian aid, healthcare, community training, and water purification and treatment.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Sudanese Arabic
  • Trade Language: Arabic
  • Population: 695,000
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Makhmi

The Makhmi are a Tibetan people who live in the northern regions of Pakistan and India and who number nearly 500,000. Though scattered throughout the area, many live in or around Ladakh, India, an area known as ‘Little Tibet’ because of the strong influence of Tibetan culture. It is a beautiful area and one that is ripe for tourism. Since the Makhmi are spread throughout the region, they often interact with various other ethnic groups.

Very little information is known about the Makhmi people. However, since they speak Urdu, there are resources available to them.

 

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to raise up workers from India and around the world to go and share the love of Christ with the Makhmi people.
  • Pray that God will allow the Gospel message to be proclaimed in a way that the Makhmi will understand and accept.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Urdu
  • Population: 499,000
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Kunjra

The Kunjra of India are one of several unengaged people groups in the east Indian state of Bihar, a state with 15 million Muslims and no one working long-term to reach any of them. According to census data, Bihar is one of the most unreached Gospel geographical areas in the world.

Bihari Muslims are the second largest unengaged people cluster on earth, and among the Muslim groups in Bihar, the Kunjra are one of the largest. They are a low-caste people who have historically been fruit and vegetable sellers or farmers. Kunjra are also largely illiterate and live in a state of grinding poverty.

In 2008, a dam broke in Nepal, which borders Bihar to the north, and caused catastrophic flooding in Bihar. A Frontiers assessment team went in to determine if this was a unique opportunity to access Muslims in Bihar. They reported that the flood did not necessarily open new doors into Bihar, because the doors were already open. Just as before the flood, the people of Bihar are not unengaged due to a lack of opportunities. They are unengaged because of a lack of workers who will go to them.

 

 

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the spiritual darkness in Bihar to be lifted and for the protection of workers who would go.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal Himself in mighty ways to the Kunjra and bring them to Himself.
  • Pray for God to raise up long-term teams to go to the Kunjra.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Urdu
  • Population: 1,601,000
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Awan

The Awan are a people group numbering over 600,000 in India and another 4.7 million in Pakistan. The majority of Awans claim that they are descendants of Qutb Shah, a general in the army of Mahmud of Ghazni, who himself was a descendant of Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali. It is said that Qutb Shah and four of his sons accompanied and assisted Mahmud in his early eleventh century conquests of what today forms parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. In recognition of their services and valor, Mahmud bestowed upon Qutb Shah and his sons the title of Awan, meaning ‘helper.’

The Awan have a strong martial tradition and are renowned for their bravery. They were among those the British considered to be ‘martial races’ (a designation created by officials of British India to describe peoples that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle and who possessed courage, loyalty, self-sufficiency, physical strength, resilience, and fighting tenacity). The British recruited heavily from this’martial race’’ for service in the colonial army, and they formed part of the core Muslim group recruited during the First and Second World Wars.

 

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to India and share Christ with the Awan.
  • Ask that God would reveal Himself to the Awan through dreams and visions.
  • Ask God to allow the Gospel to move forward with power among these people.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Urdu
  • Population: 618,000
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Wanetsi

The Wanetsi live primarily in the northeastern part of the province of Balochistan, near its capital, Quetta. As a people group, the Wanetsi are closely related to the Pashto, the majority people in Afghanistan and one of the largest groups in Pakistan.

They are separated from the rest of the Pashto by their distinct variance of Pashto. Though there is some debate about whether Waneci is actually a separate language, the Wanetsi hold to it strongly and do not want to simply adopt the neighboring Pashto dialect.

There is a need for basic healthcare training among all the people groups of northern Pakistan. Beyond that, very little is known about the specific lifestyle, customs, and culture of the Wanetsi. Since no Gospel material is available to them in their language, they are only able to hear about Jesus through the trade languages of the larger people groups that surround them.

 

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to soften and prepare the hearts of the Wanetsi people to understand the Gospel.
  • Pray for opportunities for believers to share their faith with the Wanetsi.
  • Pray that Muslim background believers from other people groups will share the Gospel with the Wanetsi.

Quick Facts

  • Language: Waneci
  • Trade Language: Urdu
  • Population: 126,000