Barech in Pakistan

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Barech
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,400
World Population: 3,400
Primary Language: Balochi, Western
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Barech are a Pashtun subgroup that lives in Balochistan, a province in western Pakistan. Their Pashtun dialect is called Barechi or Marwat-Barechi.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Barech Pashtuns are engaged in farming or livestock herding. They have a tribal system of authority led by a Malik or a Sardar.

Like most other Pashtuns, the Barech have their own traditions of poetry, music and dance. They live by a moral and honor code known as Pashtunwali. They consider it to be a sense of honor to offer hospitality and shelter to someone who is on the run, even if that person is an enemy. Their sense of honor also comes from protecting their women and taking revenge on those who slight them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Barech Pashtuns are Sunni Muslim, their highest “religion” is their own Pashtunwali code. They agree with the tenets of Islam, but in their daily lives, Pashtunwali takes precedent.

What Are Their Needs?

The Barech people need a John 10:10 blessing: The abundant life Jesus offers those who are willing to submit to his lordship.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Barech culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Barech people.

Pray that soon the Barech people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.

Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for true spirituality.

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