Gondhali in India

The Gondhali have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction

Traditionally, a large number of the Gondhali were oil-pressers. Today, their primary occupation is farming, and some operate small businesses. The Gondhali have seven clans (gotra), whose names are different than their surnames. Their women are highly proficient in sewing, embroidery and knitting. A Brahmin priest usually performs death rites. They worship Khandoba and Ellamma.


Ministry Obstacles

In Maharashtra (the main home of the Gondhali people), Christians struggle with nominalism. Infighting and legal squabbles have crippled ministry and undermined witness. These issues do not provide an attractive testimony to communities such as the Gondhali.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some of the Gondhali people will discover Gospel recordings and videos on the internet. Pray they will be drawn to these, will listen and view, and understand.


Prayer Focus

None of the Gondhali have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India, but please pray for those who will soon make a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Pray the Gondhali people will encounter Christians who are real disciples of Jesus, people who live out their faith and are able to help the Gondhali also become disciples of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Gondhali in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gondhali
People Name in Country Gondhali
Population this Country 59,000
Population all Countries 59,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chakkale Chattiyar; Chati; Gadiga; Ganali; Gandla; Ghondali; Gondali; Gondaliga; Gondhalli; Gongadikar; Pachora; Pichari; Pichati; Vanikavaisya; Vanniar; गोंधली
People ID 16810
ROP3 Code 112074
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Maharashtra
52,000
Karnataka
4,700
Telangana
1,000
Gujarat
300
Chhattisgarh
300
Madhya Pradesh
200
Goa
200
Kerala
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Maharashtra 52,000
  Karnataka 4,700
  Telangana 1,000
  Gujarat 300
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Goa 200
  Kerala 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (48,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Konkani
4,200
Kannada
3,600
Telugu
1,000
Konkani, Goan
1,000
Chhattisgarhi
200
Hindi
90
Nimadi
10
Primary Language Marathi (48,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 4,200
  Kannada 3,600
  Telugu 1,000
  Konkani, Goan 1,000
  Chhattisgarhi 200
  Hindi 90
  Nimadi 10
People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.73 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.27 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Shrinivas Shastri 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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