Bhadela in India


Joshua Project has identified the Bhadela only in India

Population

13,700

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The Bhadela have traditionally made their living as fishermen (the term bhodala means seaman or fisherman). They have seventeen clans of equal status. Spouses are acquired through negotiation, and first cousins are preferred for marriage. A widow has the option of marrying the younger brother of her deceased husband. Although Sunni Muslims, they worship Darya-e-pir (regarded as the chief saint of the sea), and visit local Muslim shrines for the fulfilment of wishes. Syed is employed as a sacred specialist for performing rituals and celebrating festivals, in accordance with their traditions.


Ministry Obstacles

In Gujarat, Hindu extremist groups with the support of the government and police, have pursued a long-term strategy of intimidation, slander and harassment against Muslim and Christian people groups. An anti-conversion law was passed in 2003.


Outreach Ideas

There are some Christians in Gujarat. Pray that many of these will be given a desire to share the message of Christ with those around them, and that the Bhadela people will not be overlooked.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Even though there are probably no followers of Christ within this community at this time, it's not too early to pray for a church planting movement to soon develop.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for safety as the Bhadela fishermen ply their trade. Pray also the Lord will reveal who Isa (Jesus) truly is, the Son of God, deity, to this Muslim people group.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhadela
People Name in Country Bhadela
Population in India 14,000
World Population 14,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhadala, Bhodala
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Bhadela
Ethnic Code CNN25e
People ID 16397
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (14,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (14,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (9,000) Kachchi (4,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 9,000 Kachchi 4,800
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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