Summary "A community which derives its name from the Sanskrit word talika or taila, used for the oil extracted from sesame and mustard, thus alluding to their traditional occupation... Mythological origin of the Teli is traced to Lord Shiva who created them to destroy five demons. However, their legend also says that the first Teli was created by Shiva to rub him with oil." (Singh, K. S., India's Communities, p. 3462) Much of this oil-pressing caste has developed into small village grocers and merchants, demonstrating upward socio-economic mobility.
Ministry Obstacles The perception of Christiandom as an invading influence that breaks up families and promotes many social problems is a serious obstacle to Teli families and communities humbly accepting God's blessing for families through Jesus.
Outreach Ideas Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly in blessing whole Teli families and communities.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are a few followers of Christ among the Teli. Pray that these will be fruitful and effective in sharing God's Word and blessing to strengthen their own families and spread God's blessing to other Teli households.
Pray for the entire people group Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Teli families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Scripture Focus Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.