Mal (Hindu traditions) in India

Mal (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Mal (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,055,000
World Population: 2,078,300
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.01 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


Mal is a shortened form of a Sanskrit phrase that can mean wrestler. The Mals live mainly in the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. They speak Hindi, Bengali, or another language, depending on their location. Most of them are agricultural laborers with no land of their own, although they are also known for being watchmen or gatekeepers.

Ministry Obstacles

The Mal people live in states where there are very few followers of Christ, and they have almost no contact with anyone who has put their faith in the only Savior.

Outreach Ideas

Believers can sponsor cultural events that honor the Mal people with demonstrations of their wrestling abilities, etc. These events can include showings of the JESUS Film and free gospel material.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are few believers among the Mal people. Pray for growth in both numbers and spiritual maturity.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that the Mal, the "wrestlers," will soon have an opportunity to be confronted by the true and living God. Pray that they, like Jacob, will persevere in faith and find their true purpose as children of God.
Pray that God gives the Mal dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
Pray that the community leaders among them will come to Jesus Christ and lead the others to salvation.
Pray for Mal believers to disciple others who will in turn disciple others.

Text Source:   Keith Carey