Dwelling in coastal communities along India's southern shores, some Navait (also known as Nawayath) people are thought to perhaps be descended from Iraqi traders who fled from persecution many years ago. Others believe the Navait descended from Saudi migrants more than 1000 years ago, from ancient Yemeni sailors, or have blood ties to Persian merchants. Even their current coastal locations spanning beyond India into Pakistan and Sri Lanka attest to the scattering. In any case, the Navait have a connection to an ancient Arab diaspora, clearly shown by their skin, their surnames, their language, and their religion, Sunni Islam.
They work mainly in business. Some work for the government. They are educated and use modern medicine. They usually marry their cousins. Marriages are arranged by family leaders. Sons and daughters both inherit the property when the father has died. They bury their dead. They have an association to look after welfare and marriage and divorce matters.
The Nawaiyat are Sunni Muslims.
The Navait people need the transforming power of the Holy Spirit which will lead to spiritual and social blessings in Christ.
Pray for intercessors and workers to go to them. Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to begin their own disciple making movement. Pray that gospel materials will become easily available. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Navait in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Navait|
|People Name in Country||Navait|
|Alternate Names||Bhatkali; Navakar; Navayat; Navyat; Nawaiyar; Nawaiyat; Nawayat; Nayat; Nevayat; Novoyat; Saudagar; नवैत|
|Population this Country||68,000|
|Population all Countries||86,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Nawaiyat / Navait|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Konkani (31,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||knn Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Konkani
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1970-2004)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Konkani||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Konkani||Literacy & Evangelism International|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|