Bania Agarwal in Bangladesh


Population
2,300
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

A brilliant smile and dancing eyes told of a joy we only find in those who love the Lord Jesus. With a degree in library science, this man serves his seminary as head librarian. He told me to just call him Bansal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bansal is one of the more common names among the Agarwal people group. Bansal is one of a tiny minority of Agarwals who have come to Christ. Almost all Agarwals still consider themselves to be Hindu. Like most other Bania subgroups, they work as businessmen and traders. Some have risen to become very wealthy. One is chairman of Jet Airways with a net worth of $1.9 billion.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sometimes wealthy people feel no need for God. Those who feel a need for God in a Hindu context are likely to try to fill it with Hindu rituals.
Agarwals have enough clout that they have sometimes been given the right to skirt India's laws. About 100 years ago a court case went all the way to the Indian Supreme Court that included the comment that Agarwals are known for their unwillingness to follow Hindu rules. Not much has changed. It is not that they have not heard of the gospel message. Rather, the Agarwals generally do not feel the need for Christ.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Narendra. He has started a new church to reach his Agarwal people.
* Pray that he and other Agarwal believers can demonstrate the love and character of Christ to their kinsmen.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will create a hunger in the hearts of prominent Agarwal businessmen.


References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Bania Agarwal
People Name in Country Bania Agarwal
Population in Bangladesh 2,300
World Population 5,153,300
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Agarwal, Aggarwal, Agrabalia, Arya, Arya Vysya, Bania, Chetti, Gupta, Jain, Komati, Marwadi, Vaisya Agarwal, Vysya, बनिया, अ‍ॅगर्वल
People ID 19688
ROP3 Code 115140
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Rajshahi
(1,300)
Dhaka
(700)
Rangpur
(300)
Khulna
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Rajshahi (1,300)
  Dhaka (700)
  Rangpur (300)
  Khulna (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
(70)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (2,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi (70)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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