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-raisers. 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.
Pakistan, which means "land of the pure," considers itself to be a Muslim country. So Jat Muslim families in Pakistan face significant persecution if family members turn to Christ. Pray that whole communities will find Christ together.
Sustained, focused prayer is needed to open the hearts of Jat families to experiencing God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
"Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!" Psalm 81:8
Pray for this people group to heed God’s warning and listen to Him!
There are few if any followers of Jesus among the large Jat community. Pray that these believers would be fruitful and effective in sharing God's Word and blessing to strengthen their own families and spread God's blessing to other Jat households. Ask Father God to pour out his blessing on Jat families and communities, healing and strengthening broken families and multiplying this blessing throughout the Jat people.
|People Name||Jat (Muslim traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|