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Mobin Khan was born and brought up in a Sunni Muslim family in Varanasi, India. He was taught how to read the Qur’an in Arabic. Although many languages are spoken in India, Arabic is not one of these. Later, Mobin was sent to a Muslim discipleship program. While studying there, he learned about Allah, mankind, the holy angels, the prophets and the sacred Scriptures. His teacher said that God sent mankind four holy books: (1) the Tawrat (Torah), given to the prophet Moses; (2) the Zabur (the book of Psalms), given to the prophet David; (3) the Injil (Gospel), given to the prophet Jesus; and (4) the Qur’an, given to the prophet Mohammed. Mobin remembers telling his teacher, “So far, you have taught us only the fourth book, the Qur’an. When will you teach us the other three?” But he answered, “The others are with the Jews and Christians.” And Mobin, not yet six, thought, “The Jews and Christians have something which Muslims do not have.” So he asked his teacher, “Could you get those books for me? Since they are God’s books, I want to read them.” But his teacher answered, “No, because the Jews and the Christians changed them.”—AL
Pray that Muslim teachers in India will learn to value the Injil and teach it in the mosques.
Ps 119:18, NLV
Open my eyes so that I may see great things from Your Law.
Pray that the Lord opens the eyes of all unengaged, unreached Muslims in India so they too can see great things in His true word.
While in college, Mobin was also in training to become a commissioned officer in the Indian army. At that time, he met a Christian officer. One night the Christian shared the gospel with Mobin. But Mobin, a Muslim, was not at all convinced. He was shocked at the words with which his friend concluded his witness to him: “If you die, you will go to hell. If I die, I will go to heaven because I believe in Jesus.” In the morning, Mobin went back and asked the Christian to repeat once again what he had shared. Thinking that the witness of someone else might be more persuasive, the officer went to get another Christian friend. But he refused to come. “Listen, you’re just wasting your time,” he said. “Don’t you know? Mobin is a Muslim. He’ll never become a Christian.” But the officer decided to give Mobin at least a New Testament. At that time Mobin did not know that the New Testament was a part of the Bible or he would never have accepted it. He came to Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The words struck deep, and he gave his heart to Christ in 1968.
Pray that Muslims in India will respond to the powerful words of the Bible.
Rom 5:8-10, NLV
But God showed His love to us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Now that we have been saved from the punishment of sin by the blood of Christ, He will save us from God’s anger also. We hated God. But we were saved from the punishment of sin by the death of Christ. He has brought us back to God, and we will be saved by His life.
Pray that after we pray for unengaged, unreached Muslims in India this month, that thousands will have their hearts touched by God’s word just as it did for Mobin many years ago.
Mobin knew that God had chosen him to minister His gospel to Muslims. He now wanted to prepare himself to serve the Lord, so he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Poona in Maharashtra, India, and then came to the US where he earned his Doctorate in Missiology at Fuller Seminary. His wife Gladys also accepted God’s call for missions and earned an M.A. from the University of Poona as well as a Masters in Missiology.
Out of curiosity, Mobin and Gladys looked up their name in the phone directory. To their amazement, they found that there were about 20 other “Khans” in the phone book. Realizing that they would also be of Muslim background, they sent each one a gospel tract. Soon they had sent tracts to Muslims throughout Southern California as well as in other metropolitan areas. They received a phone directory for Fiji, and there was an amazingly favorable response to the tracts they sent Muslims in that island country. Eventually the Khans mailed specially worded gospel tracts to Muslims in 75 countries.
Mobin continues to work with Global Recordings, helping them to provide clear evangelistic materials for unreached people. Their work testifies as to what could happen when a Muslim truly surrenders to the almighty.
from Christian Missions in Many Lands, and A Testimony, by M. Mobin Khan.
Pray that the tracts sent out will bear fruit even today.
Acts 26:18, NLV
You are to open their eyes. You are to turn them from darkness to light. You are to turn them from the power of Satan to the power of God. In this way, they may have their sins forgiven. They may have what is given to them, along with all those who are set apart for God by having faith in me.
Pray for many Indian Muslims to internalize this verse and share it with others.
The air is tight with tension among the small Juneta (also called Juneja, and Junejo) people group. They don’t feel safe in their homes. They live close to the border with Pakistan, where threats and tensions are soaring. Earlier this year, the countries exchanged heavy border fire.
Mostly a Sindhi Rajput people, 325 Juneta people live in India’s western states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab, though most live in Pakistan’s adjacent Sindh Province. Ironically, a small number of these Muslims moved to Hindu India from Pakistan during the bloody 1947 Partition.
Twenty years ago, a member of their community, Mohammad Khan Junejo, was Prime Minister of Pakistan. He called on India to enter into immediate negotiations to defuse tensions rising from the massing of troops on their mutual border. War was averted between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Many of their people are still involved in the political arena. Most, however, are involved in agriculture-related industries. Though they face physical danger by living near a border between two hostile nations, the Juneta people face a far greater spiritual danger by not embracing the Son of God who is the only one who can forgive sin.
Pray that many of their people will encounter the Holy Spirit and diffuse the tensions between their community and Jesus Christ. Pray that God will raise up members of the Juneta people who will bring about physical and spiritual peace.
Ps 2:12, NLV
Kiss the Son. Be afraid that He may be angry and destroy you in the way. For His anger is quick. Happy are all who put their trust in Him.
Pray that out of reverent fear of the one true God, many from the Juneta Rajputs will devote themselves to the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
(This story illustrates things that could happen to this community.)
The Miyana fisherman was proud of his accomplishment. He pulled in a record haul of fish for this year! He knew that didn’t compare with the accomplishments of his ancestors. His family and tribe often recounted stories of their predecessors’ military greatness long ago. Now their tribe’s greatness would simply be to hold on to their identity.
Though living in India, the Miyana’s culture is more similar to a Pakistani culture. According to traditions, the Miyana were Rajputs who emigrated long ago from Pakistan to Kutch in what is now western India. Like yesterday’s Juneta people, these 38,000 people live in Gujarat near the Indian-Pakistani border.
The Miyana subsist by fishing and agriculture. Those without land are often day laborers. They trade with other Muslims but not those from the scheduled castes, groups with low status. Though they are Muslims they maintain cordial relations with certain Hindu communities.
The Miyana converted to Islam during the 13th century. They are considered completely unreached and unengaged, so there are no workers among them.
Pray that the Lord will prepare their hearts for an encounter with Christ’s greatness. Pray that the Miyanas will come to realize that it was the accomplishment of Christ that can give them their true identity.
Matt 4:21-22, NLV
Going from there, Jesus saw two other brothers. They were James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were sitting in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus called them. At once they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.
Pray that Jesus will “collect” many disciples from the Miyana people who will go out to tell others of His kingdom.
(This story illustrates things that could happen to this community.)
Gopi, a Bhodala fisherman, paddled his small dugout canoe up to the rough deck of a little hut built over the water in Gujarat. Excited he shouted, “Maria, Bhau is coming home!” A tiny woman suddenly stepped out from the hut. She looked amazed, then started to cry. “Gopi ran to her and continued, “Bhau did not die at sea. The Pakistanis captured him but some kind Pakistani Muslims are helping him to come home.” Maria responded, “Allah has answered my prayer!” Gopi decided then and there to buy a compass so his son would never get lost at sea again.
Both India and Pakistan have over the years detained hundreds of the Muslim Bhodala fishermen who were forced to cross into forbidden Pakistan’s territorial waters in hopes of getting fish to sell. Commercial boats are taking most of the fish, so family-run fishermen are desperate. When they are detained, their boats are usually confiscated and left to rot. The 8,000 Bhodala’s are Muslim in name only.
Pray that God will shower mercy on these unfortunate people. Pray that the Bhodalas will hear Jesus words as given in Luke 6:21: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” May they embrace Jesus and come into His kingdom soon.
Mark 4:39-41, NLV
He got up and spoke sharp words to the wind. He said to the sea, “Be quiet! Be still.” At once the wind stopped blowing. There were no more waves. He said to His followers, “Why are you so full of fear? Do you not have faith?” They were very much afraid and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey Him!”
Pray that the Lord will protect the Bhodala people, and give them the gift of faith in the one who stills the water.
(This story illustrates things that could happen to this community.)
With his face and arms covered, the Halaypotra Taleela father carefully approached the four-foot-wide beehive hanging from a branch of a tree that was over 20 feet from the ground. He then began to shake a burning torch, made from twigs and leaves around the hive. He prayed that Allah would cause the bees to fly away from the smoke. Carefully he cut right into the center of the beehive and honey poured into his pail along with big pieces of honey comb. He lowered the pail to his son, Ian. Receiving the pail, Ian shouted, “Praise Allah! This is the largest amount of honeycomb we have ever had!” Taleela was happy that he would be able to buy vegetable oil and rice for his family from selling the honey along with the milk from his buffalo.
The 3,800 Kachhi-speaking Halaypotra Muslims of Gujarat consist of seven clans. They are Sunni Muslims who combine folk traditions into their Islamic beliefs and practices. Most of them are poor pastoral nomads who live mainly through the sale of buffalo milk, honey, and beautiful embroidery work done by their women.
Pray that God will open a way for Halaypotra Muslims to experience Jesus as their sustainer and savior. May some of them joyfully disciple others in His ways.
Ps 19:10, NLV
The Word of the Lord is worth more than gold, even more than much fine gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey straight from the comb.
Pray that the Muslim Halaypotra people will soon understand that the gospels, and the savior described in them, is sweeter than honey, and far more precious than gold!
(This story illustrates things that could happen to this community.)
Hussain, a Mutwa Muslim, was happy as he drove his truck with two heads of cattle towards the trading center in Bhuj, Gujarat. His ability to sell his milk cows has allowed his family to live in a small house with electricity and his children were going to school. Life was good.
Suddenly he noticed the road was blocked by large branches of dried brush. When he stopped the truck, several men pulled him out and shouted, “you are taking these cows to be slaughtered! You will not kill these sacred animals!” They hit Hussain on the head, put his cows in their truck, and drove away. Hussain was shaken; this was the third time in less than a month that Hindus had attacked men in his village.
There are approximately 1,200 Muslim Mutwas living in Gujarat. Their ability to raise and sell healthy breeds of cattle have allowed them to be prosperous. However, the growing threat by Hindu activists is creating more problems. They are faithful Muslims, and none have accepted Christ. God’s word and the JESUS Film are available in their Kachhi language.
Pray for God’s hand of protection. Pray that God will send faithful witnesses of what Jesus can do to bless this people group. Pray that they will accept the JESUS Film and give Jesus a chance to transform their lives.
Ps 62:4-5, NLV
They have talked only about throwing him down from his high place. They find joy in lies. They pray with their mouth that good will come. But inside they hope that bad will come instead. My soul is quiet and waits for God alone. My hope comes from Him.
Pray that the Mutwa people, who are vulnerable to evil men, will be protected by the hand of God. Pray that they will put their hope in Jesus Christ alone.
How do you like your meat? Fried, barbequed, broiled, or boiled? There is a Muslim people group in Gujarat, India, that gets their name because of their preference for boiled meat. These are the Bafans.
Bafans are a clan from the more numerous Thaheem tribe. They have their origins in what is now Pakistan’s Sindh Province, but at one time they moved to Kutch, a region within India’s state of Gujarat. Traditionally they were nomadic herders who followed their herds of buffalos, cattle, and sheep. Living in a land with a high population density, most eventually had to become settled farmers. Unfortunately, Bafan farmers today do not have access to a regular source of irrigated water. A few remain nomadic, and these tend to sell milk to members of other people groups.
This clan is entirely Muslim, and they are listed by Finishing The Task (FTT) as an unengaged, unreached people group. This means that even if they have Bible-related materials in a language they can understand, there are no missionaries trying to introduce them to the savior.
Pray for workers to go to the Bafan people. Pray that their hearts will be prepared so they will accept that His ways are far higher than our ways. Pray for them to eagerly be discipled.
John 15:5, NLV
I am the vine and you are the branches. Get your life from Me. Then I will live in you and you will give much fruit. You can do nothing without Me.
Though there are no workers yet among the Bafan people, it’s not too early to pray for them; Pray for God to enable laborers to walk in intimate conversational relationship with Him that new Bafan believers might bear much fruit that remains for His glory.
What people group cluster straddles at least two countries, two major religions, and can be very poor or extremely wealthy? It would be the Sindhi peoples. Most of the Muslims among them remained in their original homeland in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, while the Hindus risked their lives to move to India during the 1947 partition. The Hindus are noted for being prosperous. This is not true about the Muslim Sindhi people. At one time the Sindhi peoples were all Hindu. Then Muslim missionaries reached them, and today the majority of Sindhis are Muslim.
A cluster with as many people as the Sindhis (32 million between Pakistan and India alone), is likely to be divided into smaller subgroups. There are 39 different Sindhi groups. One of the subgroups are the Hingorza Sindhis. Though they are Muslim, they live in India.
The differences between subgroups is often about clan, language or affiliation. Sometimes groups will not relate to others because of some past grievance. It is not widely known what separates the Hingorzas from other Sindhi groups. But they seem to consider themselves to be of Rajput origin, which would make them stand out from other Sindhi groups.
Pray that the Hingorza Sindhis will understand that we must all humbly submit to the king of Kings, no matter what our station in life might be. Pray that Hingorza people will call on the name of the Lord.
2 Cor 9:6, NLV
Remember, the man who plants only a few seeds will not have much grain to gather. The man who plants many seeds will have much grain to gather.
Pray that when workers are sent to the Hingorza Sindhis, that they will scatter the seeds of the gospel far and wide.
What do you do if you are a powerless nomadic people group with only 3,400 people in highly populated India? You do what all other groups would do; you start your own caste association to help the welfare of your people. In the case of the Node people of Gujarat, they call their caste association the Node Jamat.
As nomads, they do not own land. Like other communities, many have migrated to other places in India looking for work. In addition to cattle breeding, they are also farmers and agricultural laborers. Node people are endogamous, meaning that they do not marry outside their people group. They have many clans, for example the Sameja, and all of them are classed as equal.
Before Node people came to Kutch in Gujarat, they lived in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. A few of them still live there today.
Node people are unreached and unengaged. Bible resources include the New Testament, GRN audio, the JESUS Film, and other videos in their Kacchi-based language. They are 100 percent Muslim. However, there is no one to date who has come forward to take these resources to the Node people. Will you go?
Pray that the leaders of their caste association will come to Jesus Christ and lead other Node people to salvation and discipleship. Pray for disciples, filled with the fruit and power of God’s Holy Spirit, who will go out as His ambassadors and bring available resources to the Node people.
Acts 18:3-4, NLV
Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
Pray for bi-vocational workers in India to gladly reach out to the unengaged Node people.
Do you have any trouble keeping track of your relatives? The Sandhai people have 80 clans in their extended family network. And you thought cousins were hard to keep track of!
Like yesterday’s people group, the Sandhai people have a nomadic background. They once lived in what is now Pakistan’s Sindh Province, however now most of them live in Gujarat, India. They migrated to India about 300 years ago, and today there are 1,200 of them. Like yesterday’s Node people, the Sandhai only marry within their own people group. They are cattle, goat, and buffalo breeders. In Saurashtra, a region in Gujarat, many are farmers living on the settlements.
Though they are officially Sunni Muslims, they follow the way of mysticism, which often involves occult practices. They speak not only Gujarati, the trade language of Gujarat, but their heart language includes words from Sindhi and Kacchi. Resources in the Gujarati and Kacchi languages include Bible portions, GRN materials, and the JESUS Film. Our Father has a plan to reach them with His good news. Will you be part of that plan?
Pray that spiritual heaviness from mysticism will be replaced with spiritual refreshment from the Holy Spirit, and that His light of truth will shine forth into their culture. Pray that churches will be planted, and new disciples will flourish.
Acts 2:42, NLV
They were faithful in listening to the teaching of the missionaries. They worshiped and prayed and ate the Lord’s supper together.
Pray to God to multiply simple house churches through every segment of the Sandhai community.