Jat, Muslim traditions in Pakistan

 Another very large unreached people group.

All theories of origin for the Jat communities are speculative, but the Jat have been in Pakistan for many hundreds of years. Most likely the word jat is derived from jatta, a generic term for cattle-grazers and camel-breeders. Current research suggests that the Jat migrated from Central Asia. They were speakers of the languages of the Indo-Aryan language family. The Jat are a landowning community. In the latter half of the 19th century the Jats substantially benefited from the canal-irrigation system both in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Ministry Obstacles
The Muslim Jat speak more than 30 languages. Evangelistic and church planting projects need to accommodate the language subdivisions.

Outreach Ideas
Much focused, sustained prayer is needed to prepare Muslim hearts to come to believe that Jesus is deity, the Son of God, and that his sacrificial death on the cross is offered to the Muslim.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the large Muslim Jat community. Pray for these few, and for the many additional individuals that will soon join their numbers. Pray they will become quickly and firmly settled on Christ and His finished work on the cross. Pray they will clearly understand the Gospel of grace, and also understand the need to be obedient to Christ in order to become his disciples.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for peace throughout Pakistan. Pray all Muslim communities will be drawn to the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38


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