The Bari or Bhangi are a people who live across central and north India. Bhangi is an Indian caste that was previously classed as untouchable. They prefer to be called "Balmiki" or "Valmiki." During the colonial period they were brought from villages to remove human excrement and clean the cities. They became an urban community. Bari make up a cluster of communities, having united to form one community, claiming a common origin from the saint Balmiki. Balmiki is thought to be the first Sanskrit poet and author of the holy Hindu epic Ramayana, and was brought up by a sweeper woman although he was a Brahmin (highest Hindu caste).
Many Bari are unable to read so the gospel must be presented in oral and visual form. Some Hindu background believers may not want to associate with the Bari due to their former outcaste status.
Teachers can help educate Bari children and instruct adults in new job skills. Films and radio programs are available in Hindi, the main language of the Bari.
There is small group of Bari believers. Pray that they might be trained in the ways of the Lord and be led to share the gospel with their brothers and sisters.
* Pray for deliverance from the fear that hinders God's blessing from affecting Bari communities. * Pray that existing Dari churches will grow and spread, producing many disciples among Bari people. * Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of families and communities within the Bari people.
"...since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 18:18