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Sathwara in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
81,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sathwara in India

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Introduction / History
Traditionally, Sathwara people worked in agriculture. They are also called Sathvara, Satwara, and by other names that are Kadra Sath., Kadra Salvara, Dalwadi, Salwara Kadia, Samaj, and Kutchi Salvara. Kadia is the name of a Hindu people that works in masonry. (The name Kadia may have been given because of the masonry work done by Sathwara people.)

Where are they located?
Northern Gujarati Sathwara people are divided into the Danderiza group living in Saberkanthra and the Patanawdia living in the Mehsana region.

They live mostly in Northern Gujarat. They are found in the coastal city of Porbandar. They live mostly in Northern Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kitch. In Gujarat they live mainly in Patan, Mehsana, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Jungadh, Sabakantha, Surentmagar and Vadhigar.

What are their lives like?
Sathwara people work in masonry, agriculture, and in urban occupations. They are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. They choose marriage partners from within their group.

They speak in Gujarati and Kutchi. Bible audio, visual, and written resources exist in the Gujarati language, however, Sathwara people remain unreached with the gospel.

They publish a magazine called Satvara Shikshan Sandesh.

What are their beliefs?
Sathwara people are a mostly of the Hindu religion.

What are their needs?
The state of Gujarat enforces an anti-conversion law which penalizes all who would leave the Hindu religion. The need for evangelization among Sathwara people is more difficult there than in other states in India where the is no such law.

Their main temporal needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.

They need the truth of the gospel to be communicated to them as only God's Holy Spirit can communicate through obedient disciples.

Prayer Points
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Sathwara community.
Pray for many to be prompted to faithfully pray for Sathwara people. Devoid of Christ's blessings.
Pray that Sathwara people will see past their respective traditional Hindu worship to the futility of it all, and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
Pray that Sathwara people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:81,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (81,000)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (60)
Daman and Diu (10)
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People Name in Country: Sathwara
People Name General: Sathwara
Alternate People Names:
सात्वारा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113534
Joshua Project People ID: 18039
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 81,000
Population all Countries: 83,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Sathwara
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (67,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (1,000)Kacchi (500)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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: 1823-2021
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Sathwara in India

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      Sathwara India    
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