Halwai (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh
pronounced: hahl-WYE

Though most members of the Halwai community live in India, today we are praying for this Hindu community living in the predominantly Muslim country of Bangladesh. As is traditionally true of most Hindu castes, its members usually focus on one primary type of job. The Halwai are a caste of sweet makers and confectioners. The Hindu communities respect them because of the importance of sweets in both their religion as well as in festivals associated with childbirth and marriage. Now, many Halwai have branched out into other occupations, such as medicine and engineering. The Halwai are primarily vegetarians. It is rare to see the Halwai marry outside of their caste.

Ministry Obstacles: It is difficult for evangelists or believers to find a point of common interests with Hindus who worship many gods. Their main gods are Shiva, Rama, Krishna, and Ganesh.

Outreach Ideas: Unlike some other castes, they believe in educating both boys and girls, which suggests they value education. Often the highly educated are more open to "new" ideas, and it may be easier to have some intentional and meaningful conversations with them about Jesus Christ, the only one who can save them from their sin.

Scripture Focus: "Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord." Psalm 32:10

Scripture Prayer: Pray for many from this people group to notice this stark difference and turn to the Lord.

Prayer Focus: Pray for the Lord to bless the Halwai people materially and spiritually. Pray for a movement to Christ.

 


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