In Muslim cultures, heritage is a heavily weighted element of one's identity; who one descends from commands much respect. It is significant, then, that the Baloch trace their ancestry to Hazrat Ameer Hamza, the uncle of the prophet Mohammed. The Baloch are broken into over 100 tribes. The Mari (sometimes spelled Marri) Baloch occupy an arid portion of northeastern Balochistan, Pakistan. The Mari Baloch live according to their tribal customs and wear traditional clothing. The men dress in long shirts and loose pants, while golden ornaments such as bracelets and necklaces are very important to women. Their traditions and teachings are passed down orally, sometimes through a mother's lullaby.
The remote location of the Mari Baloch can make them more difficult to reach in a physical sense, while the fact that they are an Islamic group makes them difficult to reach spiritually.
The oral traditions of the Baloch might provide an opening to reach into their culture. Jesus was a storyteller, and the stories of his life can be passed on verbally.
"I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being." Psalm 146:2
Pray for the Lord to raise up people from this people group with this kind of dedication to the Lord.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to thrive among the Mari Baloch people this decade.
|People Name||Mari Baloch|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|