Chanal in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Chanal
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 30,000
World Population: 30,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Chanal people were sharecroppers and agricultural laborers for the powerful Rajputs. They had a patron-client relationship with them then, and they still do today.

The Chanal people are scattered throughout India's northern mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are almost all rural dwellers who farm for a living. Under the nautor scheme, landless peoples like the Chanals were given land to farm, but the yield was so poor in this mountainous region that it wasn't sufficient for their needs. They have to make ends meet by working for others or doing petty business. Many of their children have to work. The Chanal people have benefitted from development projects in the last couple of decades. Projects have brought them electricity, drinking water, roads, post offices, banks, health care facilities and schools. Unfortunately, those from low class communities still suffer from a low literacy rate, and many are not aware of health care methods.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Chanal people are Hindu. Operation World tells us that there are only about one in 1,000 who follow Christ in Himachal Pradesh. The mountainous terrain makes it especially difficult for them to hear new ideas from outside. The Chanal people also speak their own dialect, which isolates them even further. They are among the most difficult people group to reach with the gospel.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chanal people need the opportunity to find the only Savior, Jesus Christ, who came that they might have life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord will somehow send his gospel message to the Chanal people in Himachal Pradesh.

Pray for loving workers who will work with the Chanal people until they have their own movement to Christ.

Pray for Chanal elders and leaders to open their hearts to the ways of Jesus Christ.

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