Introduction / History
Lohar people of India are nomadic smiths who travel in to sell their goods. They are descendants of high-caste weapon makers of the Mewar Kingdom in India. Unfortunately, they became poor nomads when the kingdom fell in 1568, and they remain poor today.
What Are Their Lives Like?
They have subgroups; among them are the Kamti.
Lohar people lead difficult lives. Although they work hard, they live in extreme poverty. This is partly because most people prefer to buy goods from stores and factories, not handmade items, which are more expensive and are of poorer quality. Also, many are cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead; few have attended school. Also, because of the Hindu caste system in India, they are despised. There are stereotypes about nomads, such as the idea that they are all thieves or corrupt, even though they generally work up to 14 hours a day.
What Are Their Beliefs?
As with most of modern-day India, Lohar Kamti people are mostly Hindu, the ancient religion of India. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense out of their poverty to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and needed benefits.
What Are Their Needs?
Their most dire need is to know the love of God. They are low-caste and are often misunderstood because of stereotypes. They are the perfect example of a people in need of God's spiritually healing touch and shalom.
They need either more people to buy from them or become sedentary (the opposite of nomadic, meaning they settle down in one place like we do) and take up an entire other career, which would be difficult since so few of them (or maybe even none) have had the chance to go to school.
Pray for their careers. Pray that their business success increases, or, if it is God's will that they become sedentary, that they receive the education they need.
Pray that more audio and video resources will be made available to them since very few can read or write.
Pray that loving missionaries would go to Lohar people and show them that God shows no favoritism.
Above all, pray for their hearts; pray for them to be open to Christ and his lordship.
Scripture Prayers for the Lohar Kamti in India.