The Kumhiar people (not to be confused with the Kumhar potters) are a fairly unknown people group. We know very little about their lives, but they are probably mostly farmers in this mountainous land.
They live in Jammu & Kashmir, straddling India and Pakistan. Most live on the Pakistani side of the border, but a sizable minority live in India.
Many of them farm for a living in this high elevation where crops are hard to grow. Potatoes and wheat are important crops. It is a struggle to grow enough food in many parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Life is even more difficult since there is an ongoing low-grade war in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. For this reason, the Kumhiar people live with military personnel around them as a constant reminder of the endless conflict.
Islam, the religion of the Kumhiar people, is both a bridge and an obstacle to the gospel. It’s a bridge in that Muslims understand that they answer to the God of Creation and Jesus is an important prophet. It’s an obstacle in that they firmly believe that the Bible is in error regarding how to find one’s way into a right relationship with this same God. They do not believe there is a Holy Spirit to lead the way to a much-needed Savior. We know of no believers within this Muslim community, so pray that this will be the decade where the Holy Spirit penetrates their hearts and heads in a big way!
The Kumhiar people need peace in their land so they can provide education for their children and have the opportunities to thrive economically and spiritually.
* Scripture Prayers for the Kumhiar (Muslim traditions) in India.
Pray for the Lord’s lovingkindness to reach the Kumhiar people in such a way that they will understand and embrace it.
Pray for new opportunities to take Christ to Kashmir to come about this decade.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Draw the Kumhiar people to the only one who can save them from their sins and give them joyful lives of righteousness.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Kumhiar (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Kumhiar (Muslim traditions)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Gumar; Kumahar; कुम्हियर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Kashmiri (6,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||kas Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Kashmiri
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1813-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Kashmiri|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Kashmiri|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Forgiver|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|