Summary One source considers "Bediya" to be the generic name of a number of vagrant, gypsy-like groups. Traditionally, a large section of the Bedia were reported to be earning a livelihood from prostitution and dancing, however, this has largely been discontinued. The Bedia worship deities like Thakur, Shiva, Parvati, Hanuman, Chamunda, Kali and Sitala and Khermata (a local deity).
Ministry Obstacles Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening.
Outreach Ideas Christians need to emphasize the person and work of Jesus to the Bedia community, showing his goodness to them.
Pray for the followers of Christ Pray the few followers of Jesus among the Bedia will have pastors and teachers to help them grow to become faithful disciples. Pray they will be taught accurately and well.
Pray for the entire people group Pray the Bedia will make schooling a priority for their children, and will be able to improve their standard of living.
Scripture Focus "The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18