pronounced: AH-dee DRAH-vee-dahr
How would you like your name to be “pariah?” Due to the negative connotation of the name Paraiyar or pariah in English, the leaders of this community in the early 20th century had their name changed to Adi Dravida or "original Dravidians." Today, the Adi Dravida are a scheduled caste which means they receive special benefits for government jobs and places in education to rectify past societal wrongs. Unfortunately, illiteracy is still high among the Adi Dravida.
Family and community pressure keep the Adi Dravida people from accepting Jesus Christ, believing it means turning their back on their community.
There are Tamil speaking churches, pastors, and even Tamil speaking missionaries! Pray that God moves some of them to take Christ to the Adi Davida people.
Though we know of no one who has accepted the grace and salvation of Christ from this community, we will continue to pray for a movement to the Savior among them. * Pray that the Lord would lead Indian Christians to become friends with the Adi Dravida to help them with their spiritual, educational, and vocational needs. * Pray for the Adi Dravida people to begin Discovery Bible Studies leading to a powerful movement to Christ. * Pray for the Adi Dravida people to have new and better educational and economic opportunities this decade.
"Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, 'Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.'" 1 Samuel 14:6
|People Name||Adi Dravida|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|