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Bhadela in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bhadela in India

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The Bhadela have traditionally made their living as fishermen (the term bhodala means seaman or fisherman). They have seventeen clans of equal status. Spouses are acquired through negotiation, and first cousins are preferred for marriage. A widow has the option of marrying the younger brother of her deceased husband. 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.

Ministry Obstacles
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. An anti-conversion law was passed in 2003.

Outreach Ideas
There are some Christians in Gujarat. Pray that many of these will be given a desire to share the message of Christ with those around them, and that the Bhadela people will not be overlooked.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Even though there are probably no followers of Christ within this community at this time, it's not too early to pray for a church planting movement to soon develop.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for safety as the Bhadela fishermen ply their trade. Pray also the Lord will reveal who Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) truly is, the Son of God, deity, to this Muslim people group.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-10-06
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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:14,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (14,000)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bhadela
People Name General: Bhadela
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111544
Joshua Project People ID: 16397
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Bhadela
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (9,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kacchi (4,900)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2016
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 / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bhadela in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Bhadela India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Bhadela in India          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Gujarati  
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