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Dhobi, Hindu in Nepal

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Dhobi, Hindu in Nepal

This caste group from India and Pakistan specializes in washing clothes. The word Dhobi is derived from the Hindi word dhona, which means to wash. Dhobi usually operate door to door, collecting dirty linen from households. After a day or two, they return the linen washed, sometimes starched and ironed. A Dhobi is likely to be of many different origins, from those whose ancestors took the occupation of washing clothes evolving over time into a distinct community bound by rules of endogamy (marrying only within the community). They live in multi-caste villages, but occupy their own distinct quarters. Each of their settlements contains an informal caste council, known as a Biradari Panchayat. The Panchayat acts as an instrument of social control, dealing with issues such as divorce and adultery.

Ministry Obstacles

The Dhobi speak a number of languages in Nepal, and each language subgroup may need its own church planting project.

Outreach Ideas

There are growing numbers of Christian believers in Nepal. Pray that some of these will be led to help disciple the few Dhobi who are presently Christians, helping them to mature enough to take the Gospel message to all of their community.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few Dhobi have identified themselves as Christians to the census of Nepal. Please pray these people will grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray also they will regularly fellowship together for mutual encouragement and edification.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a rising literacy rate among the Dhobi, especially for the youth. Pray also for improved medical care and adequate employment opportunities.

Scripture Focus

"Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised." 1 Chronicles 16:24-25

Aimaq, Hazara in Afganistán

Los hazara son uno de los grupos tribales semi-nómadas de Afganistán. Los grupos aimaq dan a las mujeres un estatus alto, a diferencia de otras sociedades rurales de Afganistán. Las mujeres participan en discusiones del grupo, aun cuando están presentes los extranjeros, y una niña puede rechazar a un pretendiente elegido por su padre. A veces se practica la costumbre de servicio para la novia: un novio vive en el recinto de los padres de su futura esposa, y sirve por un período específico de tiempo (generalmente dos años o más). Después de que su servicio se completa, celebran la boda.

Obstáculos para el Ministerio

Afganistán presenta muchos desafíos para los que quieren llevar el mensaje de Cristo a la gente. Hay algunos peligros físicos, pero esto no debe exagerarse.

Ideas para el Ministerio

Los cristianos tienen que encontrar formas de ayudar al pueblo de Afganistán, con sus necesidades físicas. Se necesita mucha oración para preparar los corazones para el mensaje de Cristo, conforme a como surjan las oportunidades.

Ore por los Seguidores de Cristo

Es probable que no hayan seguidores de Jesús entre los aimaq hazara hoy en día. Pero ore por los muchos que pronto creerán. Ore para que lleguen profesores para ayudarles a establecerse con firmeza en la fe, confiando plenamente en Cristo para la salvación, y para poder vivir esta vida.

Ore por toda la Etnia

Ore por todas las tribus aimaq que conocerán el hombre Isa (Jesús) a través de la lectura del Corán. Ore por un hambre creciente de saber más sobre este Hombre.

Texto Bíblico

"Id, pues, a las salidas de los caminos, y llamad a las bodas a cuantos halléis." Mateo 22:9

Dhobi, Hindu in 네팔

인도와 파키스탄에 사는 이 카스트 계급은 옷을 세탁하는 것이 전문입니다. Dhobi라는 말은 힌디어 dhona, 즉 씻는다는 말에서 유래했습니다. Dhobi 사람들은 대개 집집마다 방문하여 더러워진 리넨류들을 모읍니다. 하루나 이틀이 지나면 리넨을 세탁하여 돌려주는데, 때로는 풀을 먹이고 다림질까지 해서 갖다 줍니다. Dhobi 사람들의 기원은 여러가지인것 같고, 조상들도 의류세탁업을 하였는데 동족내결혼(endogamy)의 규율이 있어서 뚜렷한 혈연사회를 구성하는 쪽으로 발전한 것으로 보입니다. 이들은 여러 카스트계급이 사는 마을들에 살지만 자신들의 특정 구역을 점유하고 살아갑니다. 이들의 정착지에는 비공식적인 카스트 의회가 있는데 Biradari Panchayat 라고 부릅니다. 이 Panchayat 은 마을의회이며 사회통제의 역할을 맡는데, 이혼이나 간통같은 문제를 다룹니다.

선교 장애 요인

네팔에 사는 Dhobi 사람들은 여러가지 언어를 사용하는데, 각 언어군들별로 각각의 교회설립계획이 필요합니다.

전도 방법 제안

네팔에는 그리스도인 신자들이 늘어나고 있습니다. 이들중 일부가 그리스도인 Dhobi 사람들을 제자화하는 것을 돕게 될 수 있도록, 그래서 자기 종족 모두에게 복음을 전달할 수 있게 성숙하는 것을 돕도록 기도해 주십시오.

현지 그리스도인들을 위한 기도

소수의 Dhobi 사람들은 네팔 인구조사에서 스스로를 그리스도인으로 밝히고 있습니다. 이 사람들이 주 예수 그리스도의 양육과 훈계 아래에서 자라날 수 있도록 기도해 주십시오. 또한 이들이 서로 만나 교제하여 서로 교정하고 격려할 수 있도록 기도해 주십시오.

이 민족 전체를 위한 기도

Dhobi 사람들 가운데에서 문자해독율이 증가할 수 있도록, 특히 젊은이들이 그렇게 될 수 있도록 기도해 주십시오. 의료 서비스의 개선과 적절한 고용의 기회를 만날 수 있도록 기도해 주십시오.

성경 말씀

그의 영광을 만국에 알리고, 그가 일으키신 기적을 만민에게 알려라. 주님은 위대하시니, 그지없이 찬양 받으실 분이시다. 어떤 신들보다 더 두려워해야 할 분이시다. 역대상 16:24-25

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