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Kharwar in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
565,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.14 % Unknown   

Kharwar in India

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Introduction / History
In the state of Madya Pradesh in India, there are many tribal peoples that play a part in Indian culture. One of them is the Kharwar, and most anthropologists agree they are one of the original tribes in India. The term Kharwar means grass and it has been said that they never destroy grass.

Kharwar come from the family of Dravidians. Some Kharwar say they are from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. The Indian government classes them as a scheduled tribe.

Where are they located?
Kharwar also live in Delhi, and in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

What are their lives like?
There are features that distinguish the Kharmar tribe from others. They have a normal appearance, but are different in complexion. They tend to keep to themselves and they are not influenced by modern society.

Unlike most tribes, Kharwar people do not have a language of their own, but they speak Hindi, and they are not well educated. The surnames they use include Singh, Kharwar and Mandal.

What are their beliefs?
They are mainly Hindu in religion. They worship most of the Hindu gods like Shiva, Vishnu and Rama. They celebrate Hindu festivals.

What are their needs?
Bible visual, audio, and written resources exist in the Hindi language, but Kharwar people remain unreached.

They need to understand that the Creator of all that they worship loves them and has made provision for them to live with Him eternally.

Kharwar people need the privilege of education to improve their quality of life and opportunity.

Prayer Points
* Pray urgently for the Lord to thrust out workers to bring His Word to the Kharwar people.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to equip, empower, protect, and guide these laborers to bear fruit that will last: rapidly multiplying disciples and household churches that lead to a Church Planting Movement (CPM).
* Ask the Holy Spirit to raise up harvesters from within the CPM that will be sent out to other unreached people groups until there is no place left in Kharwar where Christ is not preached, known, lived, and worshiped.


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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:565,000
Largest States:
Jharkhand (246,000)Uttar Pradesh (168,000)
Bihar (125,000)West Bengal (20,000)
Odisha (2,300)Uttarakhand (1,100)
Chhattisgarh (1,000)Madhya Pradesh (200)
Tripura (100)Mizoram (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kharwar
People Name General: Kharwar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112508
Joshua Project People ID: 17158
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 565,000
Population all Countries: 574,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Kharwar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (401,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (73,000)Angika (31,000)
Magahi (30,000)Bengali (13,000)
Santhali (11,000)Odia (1,700)
Chhattisgarhi (1,200)Bagheli (1,100)
Marathi (800)Punjabi, Eastern (600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 39
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.02 % 
Christianity0.14 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism95.93 % 
Islam0.15 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown3.75 % 
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 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2012
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 (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Hindi
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 / Video / Animation
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
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
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 New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Hindi)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Kharwar in India

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      Kharwar India    
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