To most people, work and business holds a high priority in life. To the Marwadi Banias, business is the top priority in life. Through the centuries, the Marwadi Banias have managed to run successful businesses all over India. More recently they have begun to run international businesses. In 2005, Forbes magazine listed Marwadi individuals as making up two percent of the billionaires in the world! Along with business the Marwadis see family and unity as high priorities.
The Marwadi people know how to build bridges of trust within their local business relationships. Because of this trust, they can successfully market their business ventures through word of mouth to people from all kinds of communities throughout India.
Imagine what would happen if Marwadi communities made the decision to follow Christ! This would not only impact and change the Marwadis, but as the Holy Spirit transforms them, they can be a blessing to all of India.
* Pray that Marwadi elders will soon hear and respond to the Words of Christ, and that their communities will be transformed so that they will be a blessing to all they deal with.
* Pray that they will be able to put finances in their proper place.
* Pray for God to send business people who love the Lord to build relationships with these Hindus.
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
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|Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-13|
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|People Name General||Bania, Marwadi|
|People Name in Country||Bania, Marwadi|
|Population in India||35,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Marwadi, Vaisya, बनिया, मारवाड़ी|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Marwari (25,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||rwr Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Marwari|
Primary Language: Marwari
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-1821)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Marwari|
|Film / Video||Ravi's Way (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||Welcome Jesus (Indigitube.tv)|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|