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Unengaged, Unreached – The Mali of India

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The Mali people get their name from the sanskrit word “mala,” meaning garland. As avid gardeners, some Mali specialize in growing flowers while others grow and sell vegetables. Many of the beautiful flower arrangements that Indians wear at weddings are made by the Mali.

While some Mali peoples are Sikhs and Muslims, the Bengali-speaking Mali are mostly Hindu. These Mali people pay special homage to the goddess Kali, who is known as the goddess or the goddess of time and change. Images of Kali show her covered in blood while holding a sword in one hand and a severed demon head in the other. From early ages, Mali children are taught to fear and worship Kali and are often afraid of doing anything to make her angry. 

India has 318,000 Bengali-speaking Mali people, and they are considered unengaged and unreached with the gospel.

Pray for God to send Bengali speakers to the Mali to tell them about truth, hope and eternal life through Jesus. 

Pray for the Mali to have open hearts to believe in the One True God and escape lives of fear. 

More than 1.2 billion people live in the country of India, our prayer focus for Secret Church 16: A Global Gospel in a World of Religions.

Out of the 1,469 people groups in India, 477 are unengaged and unreached with the gospel, meaning they may be born, live, and die without ever hearing the name of Jesus. 

Something must be done. You can be a part of these people hearing the good news of Jesus Christ for the first time. In the weeks leading up to Secret Church 16, we will share about a few of these unengaged, unreached people groups who need to hear the gospel. Take time to read about these people, use the prayer requests to intercede on their behalf, share this information with others and get them to pray. 

Will you stand in the gap and pray for those who have yet to hear of our Savior?

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