The Brahmin Kashmiri Pandits of India claim to have lived in the north Indian mountainous region of Kashmir for over 3000 years. The word Pandit means "a wise man" or "scholar of Hinduism." Starting in 1989, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes because of Muslim extremists who came to Kashmir. The Pandits were told to convert to Islam, leave or be killed. Today many Pandits live in refugee camps. Others have settled in other parts of India. When the Indian government stated that the Kashmiris could safely return to their homes, the vast majority of them were afraid to return due to the presence of Muslim extremists who still operate in Kashmir.
The Kashmiri Pandits have been devoted Hindus for over 3000 years. Winning them to Christ will need the great power of God. Much of the identity of the Kashmiri Pandits is wrapped up in being Hindus.
Hindu background believers can dialogue with the Kashmiri Pandits and tell them of the blessings of becoming believers. Kashmiri students who study in the west are more open to the claims of Christ than they would be in their homeland.
There are a tiny group of believers reported among the Kashmiri Pandits. Ask God to strengthen them and increase their numbers.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kashmiri Pandits for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him. * Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kashmiri Pandits to become fruitful as they follow Christ. * Pray that God raises up Bible-believing churches among the Kashmiri Pandits.
"Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession." Psalm 2:8
|People Name||Brahmin Kashmiri Pandit|
|Pronunciation:||BRAH-min cash-MEER-ee PUN-dit|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|