The Khatri are a trading and business caste, which originated in Punjab. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word "Kshatriya", which is the second of the four caste [groupings] of Hinduism. Many members belong to the middle class and have entered teaching and civil service professions. They are one of the most advanced and progressive communities in India and value education. They will only eat food cooked by Brahmins or caste members. Divorce is traditionally not allowed, but due to modernization, divorce is allowed under extreme maladjustment. Their women have a reputation for outstanding beauty. Khatris take their religion seriously. They celebrate traditional Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh festivals and fasts as applicable.
The Khatri community speaks several languages in Pakistan, and each language subgroup may need its own church planting project.
Please pray for Gospel radio to be widely available throughout Pakistan, in many languages. Pray for the funds needed and for skilled people to create the programming and maintain the broadcasts.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12
Pray that this blessing will reach today’s people group soon.
None of the Khatri community has reported themselves as Christians to the census, in either Pakistan or India. However, please pray for those who will soon come to Christ in saving faith. They will need prayer support to thrive as followers of Jesus. Pray this high caste community will not let pride keep them from humble acceptance of God's gift of eternal life, found through faith in his son.
|People Name||Khatri (Muslim traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|