Danuwar Rai in Nepal

Danuwar Rai
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Danuwar Rai
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 95,000
World Population: 95,000
Primary Language: Danuwar
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.49 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


If you believed you had Hindu goddesses as ancestors, would it be hard to break away from Hinduism? That is the situation for the Danuwar Rai people of Nepal. Collectively, the Rai are known as a very courageous, daring and fearless people. In recent history, they have won worldwide respect for their bravery in the Royal Nepalese Army. Joining the army is often a way out of enduring economic hardship. It also brings respect and honor, especially for those of high military rank.

Ministry Obstacles

Ministry obstacles include illiteracy, which limits ways they can hear the gospel message. The fact that they see themselves descended from goddesses may make them feel like they don't need what Jesus offers.

Outreach Ideas

Outreach should include teaching literacy so that they can have more economic opportunities and a chance to find Christ in the Bible.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for strength of character and witness by the few believers in Nepal.
Pray that Nepali churches would "adopt" Danuwar people groups.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Danuwar people that will leave them dissatisfied with anything short of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pray for Holy Spirit-driven workers to go to the Danuwar Rai people this decade.

Text Source:   Joshua Project