Text source: Joshua Project
Introduction / History
The Bhadela have traditionally made their living as fishermen (the term bhodala means seaman or fisherman). They have seventeen clans of equal status.
What are their lives like?
Family leaders negotiate who marries who. They prefer marriages between first cousins. A widow has the option of marrying the younger brother of her deceased husband.
What are their beliefs?
Although Sunni Muslims, they worship Darya-e-pir (regarded as the chief saint of the sea), and visit local Muslim shrines for the fulfilment of wishes. Syed is employed as a sacred specialist for performing rituals and celebrating festivals, in accordance with their traditions. They often use charms and amulets to help them deal with spiritual forces.
What are their needs?
In Gujarat, Hindu extremist groups with the support of the government and police, have pursued a long-term strategy of intimidation, slander and harassment against Muslim and Christian people groups. Christ followers can be a source of light in this dark situation.
Prayer PointsView Bhadela in all countries.
Pray that Gujarati Christian believers will have the willingness to share the message of Christ with those around them, and that the Bhadela people will not be overlooked.
Pray for safety as the Bhadela fishermen ply their trade.
Pray also the Lord will reveal who Jesus truly is, the only savior, and the King of kings.