Padharia in India

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Padharia
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People Name: Padharia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 31,000
World Population: 31,000
Primary Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.04 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The Padharia (or Padhar) are a community (people group) of Gujarat. They are a Scheduled Tribe in this state. The caste name identifies them as those who eat the root of a certain plant. The majority are landless agricultural laborers, and some are commercial fishermen and trappers. They are divided into several clans, and marriages occur across clans. Each clan has its own leader, or headman, and each village has a "patel", who resolves disputes at the village level. They are Hindus.

Ministry Obstacles

There is almost always spiritual opposition and opposition from men to the Gospel, but the Lord can overcome all opposition as people trust him.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for the Padharia who are self-professing Christians to gain a vision for reaching all of their own people group with the good news about Jesus Christ. Pray they will communicate the Gospel message clearly and accurately, not mixing it with teachings or concepts from their earlier religion.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A few of the Padharia people have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census, which is quite encouraging. Please pray these Christians will understand their need to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, inviting him to enter their lives and forgive them of their sins. Pray they will be willing to become obedient disciples of Jesus.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for all in the Padharia community to hunger to find a savior, one who can forgive their sins, offer them assurance of eternal life, and love them. This is very different than what the gods of Hinduism offer.

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