Saleem slaps dough between his palms. Quickly the ball flattens and grows longer. Automatically he slaps the thin naan (bread) to the side wall inside his tandoor oven.
Saleem works on the street. He uses his bare hands to knead the dough, slap it into shape, and attach it in the oven. Soon he removes the steaming bread and serves me. His last name, Nanbai, tells me he comes from a community where fathers teach their young sons how to make naan. Likely, he will spend his life making naan, for he is a master at his craft. All countries in the sub-continent thrive on naan.
I comment, "Saleem, you are Muslim. Yet the Hindus accept you." He replies, "Sir, yes. I am Muslim. But my bread does not know the difference between Muslim and Hindu. We practice our faith in this Hindu country. As long as we do not cause problems for the Hindus, they allow us our religion."
The Nanbai form a tiny community in Nepal. Most of their people group lives in Pakistan or India. Muslim Nanbais are even rarer, for their people are mostly Hindu.
Pray that Bibles, Christian literature, and gospel recordings will find their way to Saleem and his fellow Nanbai bread makers.
Pray that the Bread of Life, Jesus, will reveal himself to this isolated group.
Scripture Prayers for the Nanbai in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Nanbai|
|People Name in Country||Nanbai|
|Population this Country||16,000|
|Population all Countries||32,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Nanbar; Nanpaz; नंबई|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Primary Language||Sindhi (5,800 speakers)|
|Language Code||snd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sindhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1890-1992)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Recorded oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sindhi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Sindhi|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Sindhi|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies|