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Gaddi in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
665,000 Urdu Islam 0.01 % Unknown   

Gaddi in India

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The name Gaddi is derived from the word gaderan, the local name for the hilly tracts of Himachal Pradesh. They are a Scheduled Tribe, and many make their living by sheep raising and farming. Divorce and remarriage are allowed. Women take part in agriculture and animal husbandry, and contribute to the family income. Gaddi villages are usually located on steep slopes. Each household consists of a nuclear family. Houses are generally two or three stories, with balconies and paved courtyards. The ground floor is used for keeping cattle, while the second story is used for living, sleeping, and cooking. The Gaddi follow Muslim or Hindu traditions, although many of their own animistic traditions are still practiced. Animal sacrifice is a common feature of their rituals.

Ministry Obstacles
The literacy rate of this tribe is probably low. The Gospel message needs to come in oral forms as well as in written forms.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that believers living near the Gaddi will not ignore their situation but instead by drawn to share Christ with them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
None of the Gaddi have reported themselves as Christians on the Indian census. However, please pray for those who will soon come to know and follow Jesus. Pray they will live holy lives, and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit. Pray they will be accepted by the rest of their community.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for improved living conditions for this community, with better employment opportunities.

Scripture Focus
"Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth." Psalm 67:4

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-23
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:665,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (404,000)Himachal Pradesh (178,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (47,000)Bihar (19,000)
Uttarakhand (8,900)Delhi (8,300)
Rajasthan (200)Punjab (200)
Haryana (100)Chandigarh (30)
Total States on file:12
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gaddi
People Name General: Gaddi
Alternate People Names:
Pahari BharmauriRathi
ROP3 Code: 112023
Joshua Project People ID: 16770
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 665,000
Population all Countries: 712,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Urdu Muslim
People Name General: Gaddi
Ethnic Code: CNN25z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Urdu (388,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gaddi (179,000)Dogri (16,000)
Awadhi (13,000)Bhojpuri (12,000)
Hindi (11,000)Kangri (7,200)
Gujari (7,100)Bhattiyali (6,300)
Punjabi, Eastern (4,800)Kanauji (4,700)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 28
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism35.07 % 
Islam64.88 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.04 % 
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: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Easy to Read (FCB ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Pakistan Bible So ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoA Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Ind ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Greatest Sacrifice (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Urdu Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: UGV Devanagari
Text / Printed MatterBible: اردو جیو ورژن
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Gaddi in India

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