Yadav (Hindu traditions) in India
pronounced: YAH-dahv

The Yadav believe they are the descendants of king Yadu, from whom Krishna descended. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry. They have expertise in oral traditions like sevagaridi, i.e. group singing in praise of Lord Vishnu. They freely share wells, roads, schools, crematoria, temple, etc. with other villagers. This caste group shows great leadership—politically and socio-economically—especially in the two largest states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Ministry Obstacles: Fear that Christianity aims to turn individuals from their families, communities and traditions hinders Yadav families and communities from considering the Gospel.

Outreach Ideas: Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of this people group.

Scripture Focus: "You spoke sharp words to them to turn them back to Your Law. Yet they acted in pride and did not listen to Your Words, but sinned against Your Laws, by which if a man obeys them he will live. They were strong-willed and made their hearts hard against You," Neh 9:29

Scripture Prayer: Pray that when this people group hears the word that they will respond with heart-felt obedience.

Prayer Focus: There are few believers among the Yadav. Pray that they will become wise in sowing the Word of God among their families and multiplying the blessing of God to other Yadav households. Pray for a movement of God's blessing to flow through Yadav families discussing and applying God's Word.


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