The word 'Teli ' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'tailika ' or 'tails ', which means oil pressed from seeds. The community are traditionally manufacturers of mustard or sesame oil. According to their tradition, their ancestor Luqman was apprenticed to the Biblical King David. Luqman is said to have first started the oil extraction profession. It is said that Luqman's ancestor was the Prophet Ayoub (Biblical Job). The Teli have community councils and also formal community associations. Their councils or panchayats are sub-divided into circles made up of 10 to 20 villages. The Teli belong to the Sunni sect of Islam, and offerings are also made to Ghazi Mian.
Spiritual opposition to the Christian Gospel in Pakistan is intense, as well as opposition from mankind. Constant, fervent prayer is needed.
Pray that believers will share the God of David and Job with them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will even now be working in their hearts to accept these messengers.
"No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
Pray that this people group learns to walk humbly with the Lord.
There are no reported Christians among the Teli of Pakistan. Please pray the Lord will soon call many to himself. Perhaps he will appear to some in visions or dreams as he has among several Muslims. Pray for those in the Teli community unable to care for themselves. Pray especially for children who do not have a good family to take care of them.
|People Name||Teli (Muslim traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|