Bhadela in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhadela only in India
Population
8,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 8,500
World Population 8,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhadala, Bhodala, भदेला
People ID 16397
ROP3 Code 111544
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Gujarat (8,500)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (4,300 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Kacchi
(3,600)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (4,300 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Kacchi (3,600)
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
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
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Islam
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 Copyrighted © 2017  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  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
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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