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).
Giving up allegiance to personal deities may be threatening.
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.
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