Boya in India

The Boya or Boyar are a Hindu people who live in south India. The word Boya comes from a word meaning "earth diggers." They have a history of being soldiers and warriors in the armies of south India. Today most Boya work in agriculture growing rice, other grains, vegetables and fruit. Some own land while others work as landless laborers. The Boya are placed within the Shudra, the fourth caste of Hinduism. The primary language of the Boya is Telugu.

Ministry Obstacles
When Boya become believers they may lose income and face shunning from their Hindu family.

Outreach Ideas
Bibles, literature and radio programs are available in Telugu. Telegu speaking churches exist in the area of India where the Boya live. Hindu background believers can reach out to Boya become friends with them and tell them about Jesus.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Some Boya believers live on the island nation of Sri Lanka. Pray these believers are trained and go to south India to share the hope of the gospel with other Boya.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness that hold the Boya people back from enjoying peace with God. * Pray for the Boya people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods. * Pray for Boya families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about Him.

Scripture Focus
"...And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes." Ezekiel 36:23



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