Day 11. Arain in Pakistan (ah-rah-EEN)
The Arain are from an agricultural caste, but over the years many have become very influential lawmakers and politicians. Under British rule, the hard-working Arain were brought to the Punjab area to farm around the cities. Arains valued education for their children and used their new found wealth to further their education and make extensive contributions in the field of politics and the practice of the law.
Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of a Muslim county and two-time prime minister of Pakistan, comes from this people group. Numerous other Arains have been presidents, ministers, foreign ministers, governors, judges, navy chiefs, anchormen, and in arts and sports fields: writers, painters, film stars and cricket players.
They are mostly Sunni Muslims, with only about 19,000 Sikhs among them, and they speak many different languages, depending upon where they live. Some Arain in India practice Hinduism instead of Islam.
Prayers for the families of the Arain:
Lord, give Arains discernment to see past Western Christianity to Jesus and Your Holy Scriptures. Start a movement of blessings and salvation among the Arains that would spread to those all around them.
Lord, send Your Holy Spirit on the Arain people, magnify the light of Isa al Masih (Jesus the Messiah), use dreams and visions to open their spiritual eyes. Give them a hunger to seek out Your Holy Scriptures in the many languages they speak and read, and to share these Scriptures in the Araini homes.
Lord, touch the hearts of the Arain leaders in government and business to know and share the truth of Jesus and His Government of Love with great courage.
The blessing of God upon the Arain: You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (Is. 62:3)