The Bhangi, a Scheduled Caste in India, were traditionally associated with scavenging, sweeping, basket-making, etc. In the colonial period they were brought into urban areas to perform the first two roles and they became an urban community. The majority are employed by the municipality as scavengers. In addition, they also prepare bamboo articles and work as drum-beaters. A few of the Bhangi living in cities are educated. Most Bhangi in South Asia are Hindu, but a sizable subgroup is Muslim, living in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
The Bhangi speak several languages, as most communities do in South Asia. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subgroup.
The Gospel of Christ needs to come to these people primarily in oral form. Pray for workers who know how to communicate the Gospel in story form, and also for videos and recordings to be made available to these people.
There are no reported Christians among the Muslim Bhangi community, in any country of residence. Please pray the Lord will begin stirring the hearts of these people to find forgiveness for their sin. Pray they will be given growing interest in Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), and will be drawn to who Jesus truly is.
Pray for improving literacy rates among the Bhangi, and for a better standard of living. They have been among the Untouchable castes, and this stigma needs to be removed.
Scripture Prayers for the Bhangi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-14|
|People Name General||Bhangi (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Bhangi (Muslim traditions)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|Alternate Names||Balmiki; Barvashia; Bhangaro; Bhangia; Chuhra; Halalkhor; Hari; Jamphora; Korar; Lal Begi; Mehmar; Mehtar; Olgana; Rukhi; Zadmalli; भंगी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Sindhi (38,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||snd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sindhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1890-1992)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sindhi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Common Language New Testament|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|