The Sonjhari are one of the subgroups of the Gonds. Their name comes from extracting gold from riverbeds and drains. They speak Laria with each other. This language is a blend of Gondi and Oriya. They live in Maharashtra.
Extracting gold is what many of them do for a living. The Sonjhari Gonds prefer cousin marriages. The women play a large part in helping with the needed income. They have extended families and children are expected to obey their elders. They have a traditional council to settle disagreements among them. They are not well educated, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.
They worship their ancestors. Unlike most Hindu people groups they bury their dead.
The Sonjhari Gonds need the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ who came to give life to the full.
* Scripture Prayers for the Gond Sonjhari in India.
Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and open the door for a movement to Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film to become easily available. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the only savior. Pray for intercessors and workers.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Gond Sonjhari|
|People Name in Country||Gond Sonjhari|
|Natural Name||Sonjhari Gond|
|Population this Country||56,000|
|Population all Countries||56,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Jhareka; Sonjhari; गोंद सोनझारी|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Gondi, Northern (25,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||gno Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Gondi, Northern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1994-1996)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Online Audio Scripture|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Freedom From Torment|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Gondi, Northern|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|