The Hindu Balija people live in south India. They derive their income from a variety of sources. Some trade in bangles, pearls, and salt, while others have turned to areas of cultivation and land ownership. A few have ventured into governmental and medical services. Social life follows along lines of the strict caste system. They may marry outside the clan, but only within their caste. Generally they are not vegetarians but do not eat beef. They are allowed to drink alcohol, one factor that indicates a low caste status.
Balija people who become believers may face ostracism and rejection. That is often because their elders believe that if someone accepts Jesus that they are rejecting their community and ancient customs.
Teachers can help the Balija learn new job skills and help educate their children. Films and radio programs are available in Kannada and Telugu, the primary languages of the Balija people.
There are a tiny group of believers among the Balija. Pray they are trained to share the gospel with their brothers and sisters.
* Pray that the Balija people will be allowed to experience true spiritual freedom in Christ. * Pray that neighboring believers will take the gospel message to Balija communities. * Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His gospel among the Balija.
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified." Acts 20:32