The Arab peoples who conquered the Indus Valley in the 8th century settled there to become today's Shaikh. This people group is one of the largest in the world. Their major concentration is in Bangladesh and in India. Included in their number are members of high caste communities who converted to Islam and took the title of Shaikh. While most are Muslim, a handful are Sikh. Rather than maintaining allegiance to only one of Islam's major divisions, the Shaikh follow a mixture of both Sunni and Shia traditions.
Much ministry to the Shaikh of India has focused on winning individuals away from their families and gathering them into new churches. This has fueled fear of Christianity as an invading threat to their families and communities.
Bible stories told and discussed in families and households may open the door to God's blessing and healing for Shaikh families and communities.
Pray that believers among the Shaikh will be trained to engage their families and community in discovering and experiencing God's blessing through sharing and discussing Bible stories.
Pray that the families and communities in this large people group will find the truth of the Prophet Isa (Jesus) about whom the Koran teaches, and whom the Bible reveals with full truth.
"The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them." Isaiah 9:2