Rathawa in Pakistan

Photo Source:  Suyash Dwivedi  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Rathawa
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 5,200
World Population: 655,200
Primary Language: Sindhi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Hindu Rathawa people have some unusual practices regarding where they build their homes. They won’t build homes near a tamarind tree since they think these are haunted by spirits. Instead, they like their settlements to be near a grove of palm trees. Their houses usually have no windows, and they build their houses on elevated ground to prevent flooding.

Ministry Obstacles

God's Word is not available in the Rathawi language. No other gospel resources, such as recordings, radio programs, or tracts are available in their language. God's Word in Rathawi will someday make a big impact on the community, but that day has not yet come.

Outreach Ideas

Rathawas are generally friendly with outsiders. Their way of honoring guests is by serving them food in their kitchen. This would be a great time for believers to tell stories of Jesus!

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for Rathawa believers to be filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit so they can live victorious lives.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for workers to go to the Rathawa people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior. Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others until the gospel is well established in their communities in both India and Pakistan.

Text Source:   Joshua Project