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Baiswar in India

Baiswar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Baiswar in India

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Introduction / History
India is a complex mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, religious, and social groupings. Because of this diversity, it is extremely difficult to adequately describe any single people group.

India may be divided into four main regions: the Himalayas, the northern river-plains region, the Deccan Plateau, and the Eastern and Western Ghat Mountains. Because of numerous geographical features, climatic conditions are also widely diversified on both a seasonal and regional basis, ranging from tropical to temperate extremes.

In the midst of this complexity can be found the Awadhi Baiswari. They are located predominantly in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur, and Dekhi. Their language is a member of the Indo-Aryan language family.

What are their lives like?
Most of India's population lives in rural areas and is engaged in some form of agriculture. Many are farmers who barely grow enough to survive. Farms are extremely small and often very fragmented. The raising of livestock, particularly horned cattle, buffalo, horses, and mules, is a central feature of the economy. Because of Hindu influence, however, these animals are used almost exclusively as beasts of burden rather than sources of meat.

Uttar Pradesh, where many Awadhi live, contains four of the seven holy cities of Hinduism: Haridwar, Mathura, Varanasi, and Ayodhya. Ayodhya is believed by many Hindus to be the birthplace of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu (preserver of the universe). Other Awadhi live in Bihar, an agricultural state. Their chief crops are barley, maize, rice, sugarcane, and wheat.

Indian culture is primarily Hindu-oriented. Many Hindu institutions, including the rigid caste system, have wide-ranging effects on Indian society. The word "caste" basically means breed, race, or kind. Indian society is divided into hierarchical castes which are usually endogamous (marriage only within the caste). Castes may be defined by occupation or by kinship and lineage, but there are exceptions. Nevertheless, the caste is so fundamental to the social organization of India that it prevails in all parts except some of the tribal populations. Not enough is known about the Awadhi to accurately place them in the caste system; thus, their particular lifestyle cannot be adequately described.

What are their beliefs?
The Awadhi Baiswari are largely Hindu and follow basic Hindu customs and traditions. The term "Hinduism" came into use about 1200 A.D., but clearly identifying what Hindus believe is difficult. The religion has no founder, no prophet, and no instructional structure. It is a way of living much more than a theology; it is a philosophy more than a religion. Contrary to popular belief in the West, Hinduism is not an ancient, fixed set of beliefs. It is, rather, a body of customs, practices, and beliefs that go through major changes every few hundred years.

The majority, but not all, of Hindus believe in a supreme being. Some respect all life and eat only vegetables, while others will gladly eat meat from sacrifices in the temple. To some, their religion is highly personal; to others, it is impersonal. While most Hindus worship Brahman (the creator of the universe), Shiva (its destroyer), Vishnu (its preserver), and the goddess Shaktri, they also worship a pantheon of other minor gods, their incarnations, spouses, or offspring. A belief in reincarnation (continual cycle of death and rebirth) is one of the few unifying features of Hinduism.

What are their needs?
Being one of the major language groups, the Awadhi do have the Bible and the Jesus film available in their own language. However, few have become Christian. The believers need discipleship materials to encourage and strengthen them in their Christian walk. Intercession and missions efforts are still necessities for reaching the Awadhi with the Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to work among the Awadhi Baiswari of India.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to give creative ideas for evangelism to missions agencies focusing on the Awadhi.
* Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Awadhi, with many conversions resulting.
* Pray that God will use the Awadhi believers to minister the love of Jesus to their own people.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a vigorous Awadhi Baiswari church for the glory of His name!

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:89,000
Largest States:
Madhya Pradesh (70,000)Uttar Pradesh (19,000)
Uttarakhand (1,000)
Total States on file:3
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Baiswar
People Name General: Baiswar
Alternate People Names:
बासवर
ROP3 Code: 111426
Joshua Project People ID: 16299
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 89,000
Population all Countries: 89,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Baiswar
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Hindi (75,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bagheli (5,300)Chhattisgarhi (3,100)
Bhojpuri (2,000)Garhwali (700)
Awadhi (300)Kanauji (200)
Kumaoni (200)
Total Languages: 8
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.98 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
1811-1998Audio
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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