Bagdi (Hindu traditions) in India

Most of the Hindu Bagdi live in West Bengal, India. The traditional occupation of the Bagdi is fishing and making fishnets. Some Bagdi work as agricultural and masonry laborers. They are considered to be Dalits or outcastes by higher Hindu castes. The Bagdi are a scheduled caste meaning that they are given special consideration for public jobs and university admission. Unfortunately, many Bagdi cannot read or write.

Ministry Obstacles
Since many Bagdi are illiterate, the gospel must be presented to them in oral or visual form. When Bagdi do become believers, because of their Dalit designation others still may shun them.

Outreach Ideas
Films and radio programs are available in the main language of the Bagdi, Bengali. Teachers can come to teach the Bagdi to read and share the gospel with them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Few if any believers exist among the Bagdi. Pray that God works and brings many to a saving knowledge of Christ in the near future.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray that God will cause whole villages of Bagdi to hear and embrace that God is their Creator and savior. * Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group. * Pray that soon the Bagdi people will embrace the One whose fishermen disciples became fishers of men for the Almighty One.

Scripture Focus
"To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things" Ephesians 3:8-9



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