The Tarkhan community have traditionally been widely engaged in carpentry, but presently they are engaged in many other trades. Marriages outside their own caste are allowed, and even encouraged to an extent. Two endogamous (marry only within the group) subgroups have been reported, the Amarsari Tarkhan and the Ludhiana Tarkhan. In addition, there are several clans, and clan names are often used as surnames. They have been described as "backward in terms of literacy, economic standards, social and cultural awareness." They are Hindus.
Most Tarkhans live in the state of Haryana, "one of India's least-evangelized states". The Church in this state is described as "weak, small and routinely under threat from Hinduists". Operation World 2010.
Please pray for more workers for all of North India, a very spiritually dark area. Multiplied thousands of evangelists and church planters are needed.
Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Ps 25:5
Pray that this very year many from this people group will seek the Lord for the right path to true righteousness and guidance.
There are a number of Tarkhans who have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India, which is quite encouraging. These Christians need our prayers. Please pray for rising literacy rates within the Tarkhan community, and for the necessary skills to make them employable.
|People Name||Tarkhan (Hindu traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|