The Manihar are a community who work with stones, glass, ivory, and tin foils to make bangles and beads. It is really a cottage industry with all members of the family employed in the endeavor. They also sell goods like cosmetics, tikli (forehead jewelry) and sealing wax. Due to the international ban on elephant tusks, they now make ornately carved bangles from plastic. The Manihar have large families and rely heavily on the public distribution system to buy subsidized grain, cooking oil and kerosene. Many remain dependent on and in debt to local moneylenders and shopkeepers for credit.
A low literacy rate suggests the need for the gospel to come to the Manihar in oral form.
Since there are no believers among the Manihar people and they live mainly in Uttar Pradesh, one of India's least reached states, pray for a team of people to regularly pray for them until they have a church planting movement.
"But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way." John 4:23
Pray that this people group soon begins to worship the Father in spirit and in truth.
Pray that when there are Manihar believers, that they will be a blessing to their families by praying for the sick and those who are suffering. Pray that they will help their families economically and spiritually. * Pray for the Manihar community to find good markets for the products that they make. * Pray for a rapidly increasing rate of literacy, especially among the younger people. * Pray that missionaries might find an opportunity to share the gospel message with the Manihar people.
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|