Bhoksa in India
pronounced: BOOK-sa

The Bhoksa have 15 clans, but are not clanish. They are Hindu, but they still like Christmas! They live in Himalayan forests although they did not originate there. They live in Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir of India, and they are a Scheduled Caste, so they have low status. After marriage, wives cannot see some in-laws. They fear spirits and ghosts, worship Hindu gods, and celebrate Hindu festivals. They resist the modernization of society.

Ministry Obstacles: Lack of outreach in this highly unreached part of India, rugged terrain, and minimal infrastructure are main obstacles to getting the gospel to the Bhoksa people. There is no Bible in their language although some read Hindi, which has a Bible.

Outreach Ideas: Christmas can be used as a bridge to open them to the gospel. Their need for medical care, education, improved agriculture, sanitation, and safe water can open the door for Christ followers with the right skills to serve and witness to them in the love of Christ.

Scripture Focus: "Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice." Psalm 51:7

Scripture Prayer: May members of this people group be broken, and willing to repent and follow the Lord.

Prayer Focus: Pray that the very few believers will grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord and in boldness of witness, especially at Christmas time. Pray that God will direct believing physicians, agriculturalists, educators, sanitation engineers, and Bible translators to work among them.

 


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