The Nadar people of southern India cultivated palmyra palm trees in the past. They were "palmyra climbers." Nadar men and women would climb the palm tree, cut a branch and collect the sweet sap. Although all parts of this palm tree are valuable, the sap quickly becomes palm wine in the warm climate of south India. The production of palm wine or toddy was the main occupation of the Nadars until modern times. Today many Nadar obtain higher educations and achieve leadership positions in business and government. The Nadar people today live primarily in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some also live in other areas of south India.
Currently the Nadar are completely given to worship of several goddesses and gods.
A small but significant percentage of Nadar are Christians, both Protestants and Catholics. They need to realize that when they were called to follow Jesus, they were called to invite others from their community to get to know him too.
* Pray that the Nadar Christians would be trained in discipleship and reach out to their Hindu brothers and sisters with the gospel of Christ. * Pray that Nadar churches read and study the Tamil Bibles that are available.
* Pray the Nadar will have great success in obtaining other jobs than the production of palm wine. * Pray the Nadar will understand that Jesus wants worshippers who remain culturally Nadar, enriching the family of God with their customs and manners.
"And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed." Daniel 7:14