Padharia in India

Unreached of the Day  4/10/2021

Padharia in India

What good does it do to have public jobs and special consideration for university admissions if you have a low literacy rate? That is the situation for the Padhars, a Scheduled Tribe of Gujarat. They live as landless agricultural workers. Some fish and rent out their boats. The large majority of the Padhar profess to be Hindus. Their brand of Hinduism is influenced by tradional animism and a veneration for their ancestors. As a tribal group the Padhar are considered by higher castes to be Dalits, outside the Hindu system.

Ministry Obstacles

Since many of the Padhar are illiterate, they are unable to read the Bible that is available in Gujarati, their primary language. The gospel will have to be presented to them in oral and visual forms.

Outreach Ideas

Believers can show the Gujarati JESUS Film. Medical teams of believers can bring the benefits of modern medicine to the Padhar.

Scripture Focus

"Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!"  Psalm 68:4

Scripture Prayer

May today’s people group feel His holy presence when they worship Him.

Prayer Focus

Ask the Lord to increase the tiny number of Padhar who claim to follow Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord would send teachers to help the Padhar increase their literacy rate. Ask the Lord to give the Padhar a hunger for his Word and the desire to have their sins forgiven. Pray the Lord would raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Padhar in this decade.

People Name Padharia
Country India
10/40 Window Yes
Population 31,000
World Population 31,000
Language Gujarati
Primary Religion Hinduism
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image