Introduction / History
The Panchpargania language is spoken by several communities around Ranchi in the state of Jharkhand, almost as a regional language. The people are called Puran. Their area is known for militant communists, commonly referred to as Naxalites.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Since this region consists largely of plains, the land is easy to cultivate. Most people have their own land on which they grow rice, vegetables, sugar cane, millet, etc. A few of them work for others as laborers. They also make different types of baskets, trays, rope, carpets made of ropes, mats, brooms, etc.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Most Puran live in villages away from towns, where little development of the infrastructure has taken place. Villagers distrust anyone from outside their area.
Puran are mainly Hindus by faith. There are several Catholic and Protestant churches in the region. However, the ministries of these churches are not specifically focused on the Puran community. Those who have responded to the gospel from the region originally belonged to lower castes such as scheduled castes and tribes. Though Christians, they still carry the stigma of being low caste and other communities look down on them, with the Christian faith considered to be the religion of outcastes.
What Are Their Needs?
Several Christian messages are available in Panchpargania in audio format. However, a complete Bible in Panchpargania is essential for the Christian believers to understand and practice their faith properly. It will also be a great tool to communicate the gospel message to others.
Pray for the Puran culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Puran people.
Pray that soon the Puran people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.
Scripture Prayers for the Puran unspecified in India.