The Ravalia or Raval are a people group of Hindus who live in western India, though a few live in Pakistan's Sindh Province. Their traditional occupation was transporting goods on camels or on ox carts. Modern trains and trucks have taken away their livelihood.
Now they work at any job they kind find such as street sweepers, weavers, village shamans and priests and landless farm workers. Simply getting enough food for their families is a daily struggle. The lives of the Ravalia are very difficult due to their lack of education. They mostly live in villages without the modern conveniences of electricity and indoor plumbing. The Ravalia marry within their group. Monogamy is the general rule with families arranging marriages. Girls are often married in their middle teens. Sons inherit what little property a father possesses. Widows are allowed to remarry. The Ravalia are not vegetarians. They do not eat beef. Meat is often reserved for feast days. The main foods of the Ravalia are wheat, rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables.
Even though they are Hindus, they are denied entrance into Hindu temples and the services of Brahmin priests. The Ravalia must build their own shrines to their gods and function as their own priests.
The needs of this community are huge. Most of all they need to turn from their Hindu gods to the true God of the Bible. The Ravalia need training in job skills and education for their children. They need the services of modern medical care. Access to clean water would decrease the many diseases that plague the Ravalia.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to thrust out workers to the Ravalia people in Pakistan. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Ravalia people this decade. Pray for Ravalia elders to have a spiritual openness that will lead them to the cross.
Scripture Prayers for the Ravalia in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Ravalia|
|People Name in Country||Ravalia|
|Alternate Names||Brahma Kapali; Brahmakapali; Chaudhari; Hanagi; Jagiasi; Nath Panthi; Nathpanthi; Raul; Raval; Ravaljogi; Rawal; रवलिया|
|Population this Country||4,100|
|Population all Countries||638,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||7 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Sindhi (3,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||snd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sindhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1890-1992)|
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|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|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||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||Gospel website in this language||General / Other|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Sindhi||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: 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|