Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 10,000
World Population: 7,055,500
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.78 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The Bhangi are a Scheduled Caste, and were traditionally associated with scavenging, sweeping, basket-making, etc. Their women are considered equal in family matters, participate on an equal footing in social and religious matters, and contribute to the family income. A few of the Bhangi living in cities are educated. Hanuman, Chamunda, Ambamata, and other gods and goddesses are regularly worshipped. Many of the Bhangi are followers of Kabir, Ramanandi, Nanak, etc.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition to the Gospel is always an issue, perhaps especially so in South Asia. Much prayer is needed to withstand spiritual opposition.

Outreach Ideas

There are a few reported Christian believers in this group in Bangladesh. And in India, there are a number of believers in this community. Perhaps Christians in the Bhangi community in India will be led by God's Spirit to help their brethren in Bangladesh. Pray to this end.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray that the few believers among the Bhangi will have access to scripture in both printed and audio form. Pray they will be given a hunger for God's Word.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for this low caste community, that their education level will rise in the future, and that they will find adequate employment opportunities.

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