The Padharia (or Padhar) are a community (people group) of Gujarat. They are a Scheduled Tribe in this state. The caste name identifies them as those who eat the root of a certain plant. The majority are landless agricultural laborers, and some are commercial fishermen and trappers. They are divided into several clans, and marriages occur across clans. Each clan has its own leader, or headman, and each village has a "patel", who resolves disputes at the village level. They are Hindus.
There is almost always spiritual opposition and opposition from men to the Gospel, but the Lord can overcome all opposition as people trust him.
Please pray for the Padharia who are self-professing Christians to gain a vision for reaching all of their own people group with the good news about Jesus Christ. Pray they will communicate the Gospel message clearly and accurately, not mixing it with teachings or concepts from their earlier religion.
A few of the Padharia people have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census, which is quite encouraging. Please pray these Christians will understand their need to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, inviting him to enter their lives and forgive them of their sins. Pray they will be willing to become obedient disciples of Jesus.
Pray for all in the Padharia community to hunger to find a savior, one who can forgive their sins, offer them assurance of eternal life, and love them. This is very different than what the gods of Hinduism offer.
Scripture Prayers for the Padharia in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Gujarati (31,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||guj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Gujarati
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-1985)|
|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||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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||Father's Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|