Though most members of the Halwai community live in India, today we are praying for this Hindu community living in the predominantly Muslim country of Bangladesh. As is traditionally true of most Hindu castes, its members usually focus on one primary type of job. The Halwai are a caste of sweet makers and confectioners. The Hindu communities respect them because of the importance of sweets in both their religion as well as in festivals associated with childbirth and marriage. Now, many Halwai have branched out into other occupations, such as medicine and engineering. The Halwai are primarily vegetarians. It is rare to see the Halwai marry outside of their caste.
It is difficult for evangelists or believers to find a point of common interests with Hindus who worship many gods. Their main gods are Shiva, Rama, Krishna, and Ganesh.
Unlike some other castes, they believe in educating both boys and girls, which suggests they value education. Often the highly educated are more open to "new" ideas, and it may be easier to have some intentional and meaningful conversations with them about Jesus Christ, the only one who can save them from their sin.
"Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord." Psalm 32:10
Pray for many from this people group to notice this stark difference and turn to the Lord.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Halwai people materially and spiritually. Pray for a movement to Christ.
|People Name||Halwai (Hindu traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|