Western Baloch in Iran
pronounced: bah-LOACH

The Baloch are a most ancient semi-nomadic tribal group that eventually occupied an area of land stretching through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, first settling there between the 5th and 7th centuries. The Baloch have been isolated for many years due to Iran's harsh climate, the difficulty of communicating, and their former reputation as bandits. Balochmayar is the honor code by which the Balochs live. These principles include extending hospitality and mercy, dealing with each other honestly, and offering refuge to strangers. Before the coming of Islam these people probably were Zoroastrians.

Ministry Obstacles: The Baloch may have acquired an incorrect understanding of what Christians believe by observing people who are Christian in name only, not being genuine disciples of Christ.

Outreach Ideas: Christians need to minister to the physical needs of the Baloch, without neglecting their spiritual needs. Both are important.

Scripture Focus: "And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed Him?" Hebrews 3:18

Scripture Prayer: Pray that today’s people group would enter into God’s spiritual rest by trusting in and obeying His Son.

Prayer Focus: Pray for purity of doctrine and practice among the few followers of Jesus within the Baloch community. Pray for teachers to help them with doctrinal issues, and for qualified pastors to shepherd them. Pray they will be zealous to learn about Jesus. Pray for the Baloch people to be delivered from their fear of "Christendom" and to embrace God's blessing through his Word for their families and communities. Pray for good schools for the children of the Baloch, and especially that low literacy levels will improve. Pray also for employment opportunities for the men.

 


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