Also known in Pakistan as the Punjabi Shaikh, Shaikh is one of the largest ethnic groups in the world. You may be familiar with use of the term "Shaikh" or "Sheikh" as referring to a Muslim scholar or leader. While most of the Shaikh live in Bangladesh or India, Pakistan has a very significant population as well. The Arab peoples who conquered the Indus Valley in the 8th century settled there to become today's Shaikh. 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 has focused on winning individuals away from their families and gathering them into churches. This has fueled fear of Christianity as an invading threat to their families, communities and way of life.
Bible stories told and discussed in families and households may open the door to God's blessing and healing to multiply among Shaikh families and communities.
Pray for the few Shaikh believers to be effective at engaging their families and communities in discussing Bible stories and experiencing God's blessing.
Pray for a movement to Jesus to sweep through Shaikh families and communities that would permeate the group from within rather than from without.
"He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy He will save." Psalm 72:13