In Hindi, Darzi means "tailor." For hundreds of years, they were highly respected for their craftsmanship throughout their communities in north India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Their shops were where people gathered to read newspapers, share news and socialize. However, global modernization in mass production of clothes has replaced this. Some now work in clothing factories, sell ready-made clothes, and a few are clothing designers. Many younger Darzi have chosen other professions such as teaching, business and government jobs. The majority of Darzi people in Bangladesh are Muslim.
The Darzi were a central focus in their communities, but today they are more isolated and harder to reach by outsiders who want to take them the spiritual truths of Jesus Christ. As Muslims, they are often warned by their clergy that the Bible and Christianity are full of errors.
Believers need to take the time to seek out the Darzi in their communities to develop lasting friendships with them. May their lives draw the Darzi to want to know God's living grace found in Jesus.
"In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul." Isaiah 26:8
Pray that many from this people group will trust the Lord, obey Him, and glorify His name through their actions.
Pray that God's servants would be strong in faith and prepared to lead the Darzi people to his living word and salvation found in Jesus. Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Muslim Darzi people that will expand to other people groups in Bangladesh.
|People Name||Darzi (Muslim traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|