The Dhobi are a large collective community of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. They derive their name from the Sanskrit term dahv which means 'wash'. The Dhobi are traditionally the clothes washers. They are a Scheduled caste in many of the states of India, where the majority of the Dhobi live. Today the Dhobi have maintained their traditional occupation of washing clothes and running laundry services. In north India and Nepal some Muslim Dhobi are involved in government service jobs and agricultural labor.
There are no known followers of Christ with a Muslim background for the Dhobis. That means that the Muslim Dhobis cannot see someone from their own community live out a victorious spiritual life.
All Dhobi communities are in danger of losing their livelihood to modern ways of cleaning clothes. Perhaps believers can help them be proactive by teaching them business skills that they can use in starting laundromats and other small businesses.
Pray that when there are followers of Christ among the Hindu Dhobis that they will allow the light of the Holy Spirit to shine in them in such a way that others will be drawn to the Savior. * Pray for the Lord to bless the Muslim Dhobis spiritually and economically. * Pray for the Muslim Dhobi people to have a strong spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus. * Pray for Muslim background believers to disciple Dhobis who will in turn disciple others in the ways of Jesus Christ.
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7
|People Name||Dhobi (Muslim traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|