The Rathawa are a scheduled tribe residing in the hilly regions of the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. They are very dependent on forests for their living. Forest areas provide them land for agriculture, wild animals for food, firewood for fuel, and teak wood for building houses. Rathawa stay in villages that are usually clusters of 40-50 houses, very near to their agricultural fields, but surrounded by a strong fence. They consider tamarind trees to be haunted by spirits, and therefore no houses are constructed near one. Their houses usually have no windows.
A handful of Rathawa have responded to the gospel message and are following Christ, but God's Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus. No other gospel resources, such as recordings, radio programs or tracts are available in this language. God's Word in Rathawi will make a big impact on the community.
Rathawa are generally friendly with outsiders. Their way of honoring guests is by serving them food in their kitchen. This might be a good time for believers to tell stories of Jesus.
Pray that those who follow Christ will stay connected to the Lord. Pray for them to be joyful even in bad times, and ready to give a reason for their faith.
* Pray for workers to go to the Rathawa people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior. * Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches. * Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed." Acts 17:30-31