Gonrhi in Nepal

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People Name: Gonrhi
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,200
World Population: 815,500
Primary Language: Bhojpuri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Gonhri people are also known as Mallah or Nishad. They are a caste associated with boating. They believe themselves to be descendants of the legendary figure, Nishad, who ferried King Rama and his wife, Sita, across the Ganges River. That tradition has been passed down through the centuries. They take pride in their caste and consider their occupation as boatmen carrying Hindu devotees as a high calling or holy occupation. Others consider them to be a "backward" (meaning low prestige) caste.

Ministry Obstacles

Pride can be an obstacle. They can have high status as princes and princesses if they would only accept it. The Gonhri people need to accept the dignity of being His children rather than in traditional beliefs.

Outreach Ideas

Believers can hire the Gonhri people and have regular contact with them, eventually building friendships that can lead to spiritual discussions.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no Gonhri people in Nepal, Bangladesh or India who are known to follow Christ, so pray that the 2020 will be a decade of spiritual breakthroughs in their communities.

Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Gonhri people in Nepal and India.
* Pray for the Gonhri people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Gonhri people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Gonhri disciples to make more disciples.

Text Source:   Keith Carey