The Saharia are a Scheduled Tribe, which status qualifies them for certain government benefits. The term "saharia" is derived from the Hindi word sahra, meaning jungle. The Sahariya have traditionally been jungle dwellers. The region where they live is covered with forest, with low rainfall, and is home to a number of other tribal communities. Their traditional occupations are cutting wood, collecting honey, making baskets, mining and quarrying, and breaking stones. They worship Hindu gods and goddesses along with some traditional local deities, such as Kapashiwala.
Most Saharia are said to be illiterate. Oral communication of the Gospel will be necessary to reach this tribe.
A few of the Saharia have indicated they are Christians. If they can grow in spiritual maturity, and in numbers, they may be able to carry the good news of Jesus to all of their tribe. Please pray for this growth to occur.
Pray the Saharia Christians, few in number, will be quick to confess and turn from sin, and will be zealous to know and serve Jesus Christ.
Pray the Saharia tribal group will be able to adjust to a rapidly changing world. Their youth need to gain skills to make them employable, including being able to read and write and perform basic arithmetic operations.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20