Bhojpuri Bihari in South Africa

Bhojpuri Bihari
Photo Source:  COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Bhojpuri Bihari
Country: South Africa
10/40 Window: No
Population: 58,000
World Population: 85,000
Primary Language: Bhojpuri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The world is truly a melting pot of peoples from all tongues, tribes and nations. They often migrate to places far from their countries of origin. Such is the case of the Bhojpuri Biharis. The partition of India in 1947 led to huge migrations all over the world. A large number of people from the Bihar Province of British India moved to various parts of the world to work as indentured laborers. Some even went to South Africa, where the community found employment and was able to put down roots working in sugarcane, cocoa, rice and rubber plantations.

Ministry Obstacles

The majority of the Biharis of South Africa practice Hinduism, and only a few claim to be Christians of any sort. That is a start, but they remain officially unreached.

Outreach Ideas

Now, the Biharis in South Africa have prospered, are better educated, and have a higher rate of literacy. It is possible to reach the better educated Biharis with printed resources. However, visual means, such as the JESUS Film, will be more effective with those who either can't or won't read.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the very few Bible believing Biharis in South Africa to feel the call to reach out to their fellow Biharis with the gospel message.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a people movement to Jesus Christ during the 2020s among the Biharis of South Africa.

Text Source:   Joshua Project