Pulayan in India
pronounced: POO-lah-yahn

The Pulayan people of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu states of India know a lot about the word pollution. Their name is derived from pula, which means pollution. And as members of the bottom Dalit rung of Hindu society, they are often treated like trash. Along with most other Dalits, the Pulayans are landless. Many are engaged as agricultural laborers, serving higher caste landowners without significant pay. Their economic status parallels their spiritual state. The Pulayans are known to be talented craftsmen and basket makers.

Ministry Obstacles: Those who reach out to the Pulayans would have to win their trust, and this could take a lot of time. Then they would have to use stories and music to help these people know biblical truths.

Outreach Ideas: Pulayan people have a tradition of oral storytelling and folk songs. When they are not working to please their landlords, they enjoy singing and dancing to the music of drums and stringed instruments. Those who learn their music style can write songs that glorify the Savior and use this music as an outreach.

Scripture Focus: "How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory." Ps 21:1

Scripture Prayer: Pray that leaders from this people group will look to the Lord, and only Him for strength and guidance.

Prayer Focus: Pray that believers among the Pulayans will have their feeling of self-worth solidly founded on Jesus Christ as a testimony to others. Pray that they will be able to help others find their dignity and worth in the Savior. * Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Pulayan people with his presence and mercy. * Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others. * Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Pulayan people.

 


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