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.
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.
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.