Changgar in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Changgar are also known as the Chagar, Changar, Chhanggar, or the Chungar. First language of the Changgar of Pakistan is Western Punjabi. Most of the men are also able to speak Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. The New Testament and the JESUS Film are available in Western Punjabi. Most Changar people live eastern Pakistan and are among the Rajasthani people cluster. Much smaller groups of Changgar live in Afghanistan and India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Muslim Changgar can be found in many aspects of society. They are found among the poor and the rich, the educated and illiterate, landlords and religious leaders. There is no way to generalize their lifestyles. In the rural areas, Changgar live in mud huts that have a separate living space for the women. Women are generally responsible for taking care of the home and children. Some practice purdah, which is the seclusion of women. Women often live separately from their husbands and do not go outside the home without a male family member. They are often required to cover their entire body, with only a small screen around the eyes. This is done to protect the honor of both her husband, and her father's family. Changgar who live in rural areas practice animal husbandry and agriculture. Men take care of herds of goats and flocks of sheep. The animals provide meat, milk, wool, and skins. Many families have plots of land where they grow wheat, barley, lentils, maize, and vegetables. The Changgar trade surplus animal products and produce for things they cannot make for themselves such as cell phones and appliances.
Some Changgar have become educated and work as professionals in Pakistani cities. Many Changgar young people are moving to the cities in hope of a better life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Changgar are Sunni Muslims. Currently, there are few, if any Changgar followers of Christ. Sunni Muslims believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.
The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.
Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates. They minimize free will.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Changgar people need to hear and accept the only savior so they can enjoy the forgiveness of sins and spiritually meaningful lives. Rural Changgar would benefit from access to modern medicine. Solar panels can bring electricity to rural Changgar.


Prayer Points

Pray for signs and wonders among the Changgar and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Ask God to send workers who will share the gospel with the Changgar.
Pray that the Lord would soften the hearts of the leaders of the Changgar people and make them open to hearing the good news.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Changgar in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Changgar in Pakistan.


References

The World Missions Atlas Project
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/10/28


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-28
People Name General Changgar
People Name in Country Changgar
Population this Country 374,000
Population all Countries 380,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Chagar; Chhanggar; Chungar; चंगर
People ID 16585
ROP3 Code 111780
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
316,000
Sindh
33,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
13,000
Balochistan
700
Azad Kashmir
500
Islamabad
400
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab 316,000
  Sindh 33,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 13,000
  Balochistan 700
  Azad Kashmir 500
  Islamabad 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (195,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
94,000
Urdu
39,000
Marwari
19,000
Sindhi
12,000
Pashto, Northern
6,600
Pahari-Potwari
3,800
Hindko, Southern
3,200
Hindko, Northern
2,700
Dhatki
900
Bagri
400
Brahui
300
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (195,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 94,000
  Urdu 39,000
  Marwari 19,000
  Sindhi 12,000
  Pashto, Northern 6,600
  Pahari-Potwari 3,800
  Hindko, Southern 3,200
  Hindko, Northern 2,700
  Dhatki 900
  Bagri 400
  Brahui 300
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
General Zume Training
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Naveed Akhtar 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more