Historically, the Jat peoples are an Indo-Aryan tribal group from the Punjab area. Most Jat migrants to Canada are Hindu or Sikh, though some are now Muslim. Coming from an agricultural culture means that many of these people are willing to take jobs in roles which Canadians are unwilling to do. Though prospering in Canada, Muslim Jats have challenges with their cultural identity. Pray that Christ would make a way into their communities, and that the Holy Spirit will equip any believers to make disciples among their friends and neighbours.
These South Slavic peoples live mostly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but in the nineteenth century, some immigrated to Canada - many as refugees following the Bosnian War in the early 1990s. Though some are atheist, the majority of Bosniak speakers are Sunni Muslim, and are mostly found in Toronto and Quebec. Pray for individuals to receive dreams and visions from God, and a spiritual hunger to awaken among the community for the truth of who God is. Pray too that Christians in these places would have a heart to learn their language and work among these people.
Russian Jews have lived in Canada since 1968. Today in Canada, the Russian Jews almost exclusively live in the urban areas. A few of them may be messianic Jewish believers; pray that they would be able to share their faith with their fellow Russian Jews. It is difficult for them to consider Christ, since their ancestors experienced oppression in the Pogroms by those officially claiming to be Christians. Pray for positive encounters with Canadian Christians who will reveal their Messiah's love for them.
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