The Mahratta Kunbis primarily live as farmers in villages. Others are traders, soldiers, or work in government service. Coming from a higher social class, the Mahratta Kunbis do not face discrimination, but have opportunities for social advancement. Cattle owned by families are often the centerpiece of farming festivals, and families take great pride in their ownership. They worship the god Shiva and other gods and their various incarnations, such as Vishnu and Devi. A temple is common amongst villages and central to the many life cycle celebrations that are associated with Hinduism, such as at birth, marriage, and death. The temple priest is often from the Brahmin class.
This large community is spread across some 376 districts in India, and also are in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It will likely require many workers and other resources to effectively communicate the Gospel message to them.
Sustained prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of this caste group to receive the good news about Jesus when it comes. Pray for many prayer groups and prayer networks to form all across South Asia. The need for prayer is vast.
This community is strongly Hindu, and there may be no followers of Jesus among them today. But the Lord is building his church in South Asia, and it's not too early to pray for the many Kahratta Kunbi people who will soon come to know and follow the Lord. Pray they will be properly taught how to walk with the Lord in obedience and trust.
Even though this caste is of fairly high social status they are generally poor. Please pray for improved farming practices, as well as better health care.
"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelation 7:9