The Ghanchi name has to do with oil pressing, which is their traditional work. They belong to the Kshatriya caste which gives them good status in Hindu society. Others say they are part of the other backward caste category which is much lower. Most live in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, though they also live in other parts of India. A smaller number are further west in Pakistan.
Many work as day laborers or in small businesses. Some still work as oil pressers.
They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. A community council settles their disagreements. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Ghanchi people bury their dead.
These people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
The Ghanchi people need to allow Jesus Christ to guide them in their various trials.
Pray that the Ghanchi will be attracted to Jesus, read the Bible and give their lives to Jesus Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will help them to begin their own church planting movement.
Pray for faithful workers to go to them with the heart-transforming gospel.
Scripture Prayers for the Ghanchi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||2,900|
|Population all Countries||138,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Gancha; Ganchi; Garancha; Ghainshi; Ghanci; Ghansi; Wansfoda; घनची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
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||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Audio Recordings||Recorded oral Bible||Oral Bibles|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sindhi||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video||Mars Hill Media|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||Gospel website in this language||General / Other|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Sindhi||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Sindhi||Literacy & Evangelism International|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|