In some ways, the Meo are like the chameleon native to India; they blend in. They speak the local language and mix Hindu rites of passage with Muslim ones. Their customs vary depending upon where they live, and they sometimes face efforts by Hindus to make them return to the Hindu religious system.
This syncretism is a ministry obstacle because it provides additional religious confusion by blending elements of various religions. As far as we know, there are no believers among them and few, if any, missionaries trying to reach them for Christ. Furthermore, their syncretism makes it likely that Meo Christianity will blend in beliefs that conflict with total faith in the only Savior.
One must seek "bridges of God." Faith in Jesus must be presented as culturally compatible, without giving up their culture.
"The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him." Psalm 24:1
Pray that many from today’s people group will recognize that they belong to the Lord, and they can rejoice in that fact!
Pray that the church in their localities will reach out to the Meo. Pray that the Meo will not let their syncretism get in the way of a clear understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
|People Name||Meo (Hindu traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|