The Lohar people of India are nomadic blacksmiths who travel in order to sell their goods. They are descendants of high-caste weapon makers of the Mewar Kingdom in India. Unfortunately, they became poor nomads when the kingdom fell in 1568, and they still are today. Although they are nomads, most of the Lohar people live in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The Lohar lead hard lives. Although they work hard, they live in extreme poverty. This is partly because most people prefer to buy goods from stores and factories, not handmade items, which are more expensive and are of less quality. In addition, many cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead, where few or none have gone to school. Also, because of the Hindu caste system in India, they are considered "untouchables" and are despised. Plus, there are stereotypes about nomads, such as the idea that they are all thieves or corrupt.
It would be very difficult for believers to have contact with nomads, especially those in a place like Rajasthan where only one in 1,000 is a believer.
Are there believers who are willing to take the time to live near the Lohars, find out how they live, and appreciate them for who they are?
There are few if any believers among the Hindu Lohars, so pray that the Lord visits them with His goodness and mercy, and that they know who He is. They have been deemed "untouchable". Pray that missionaries would show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people, even those considered "untouchable". Above all, pray for their hearts; pray for them to be open to the blessings and teachings of Christ.
* Pray for their careers. Pray that their business success increases, or, if it is God's will that they become sedentary, that they receive the education they need.
"Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession." Psalm 2:8
|People Name||Lohar (Hindu traditions)|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|