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Padharia in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.04 % Unknown   

Padharia in India

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The Padharia (or Padhar) are a community (people group) of Gujarat. They are a Scheduled Tribe in this state. The caste name identifies them as those who eat the root of a certain plant. The majority are landless agricultural laborers, and some are commercial fishermen and trappers. They are divided into several clans, and marriages occur across clans. Each clan has its own leader, or headman, and each village has a "patel", who resolves disputes at the village level. They are Hindus.

Ministry Obstacles
There is almost always spiritual opposition and opposition from men to the Gospel, but the Lord can overcome all opposition as people trust him.

Outreach Ideas
Please pray for the Padharia who are self-professing Christians to gain a vision for reaching all of their own people group with the good news about Jesus Christ. Pray they will communicate the Gospel message clearly and accurately, not mixing it with teachings or concepts from their earlier religion.

Pray for the followers of Christ
A few of the Padharia people have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census, which is quite encouraging. Please pray these Christians will understand their need to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, inviting him to enter their lives and forgive them of their sins. Pray they will be willing to become obedient disciples of Jesus.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for all in the Padharia community to hunger to find a savior, one who can forgive their sins, offer them assurance of eternal life, and love them. This is very different than what the gods of Hinduism offer.

Scripture Focus
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

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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:31,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (31,000)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Padharia
People Name General: Padharia
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113280
Joshua Project People ID: 17807
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 31,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Padharia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (31,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (80)Kacchi (40)
Marathi (20)Bhili (20)
Telugu (Unknown)Malayalam (Unknown)
Total Languages: 7
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.04 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.84 % 
Islam0.08 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.02 % 
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
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (Global Recordings ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (Faith Comes By Hea ...
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 / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Padharia in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Padharia India    
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            Padharia in India          
      Religion Language  
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