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Madiga Penda in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,700 Telugu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Madiga Penda in India

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Introduction / History
Madiga people are a scheduled caste, which means they have very low status in India. One of their subgroups is the Penda. The Penda are a small Muslim people within a much larger Madiga Hindu majority. Illiteracy is a big problem for the Penda as most adults are unable to read and write.

The main language of the Penda is Telegu. Many Christian resources are available in Telegu including the whole Bible and the JESUS Film. The gospel will need to be presented to the Penda in oral and visual form.

Where are they located?
The Penda Madiga people are only found where India's southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Most live in rural villages.

What are their lives like?
Traditional work of Madiga people is making shoes, leatherwork and tanning. Dealing with leather brings any South Asian community to the bottom status level. The women help in hide tanning, and act as midwives. Cattle are sacred animals in Hinduism and most Hindus will not work in the leather trade, which involved dead animals. The Penda also work in agriculture, though not many own their own land. In urban regions, many work in factories. They are usually less than average in height.
The main foods of the Penda are rice, lentils, vegetables, and dairy products. As Muslims they will not eat pork. They also refrain from eating beef, not wishing to offend their Hindu neighbors.

What are their beliefs?
Though the large majority of Madiga peoples are Hindu, the Penda subgroup is Sunni Muslim. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Penda Madiga depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What are their needs?
The Penda need help in educating their children and in learning new job skills. Some Penda rural villages do not have electricity so solar panels would greatly benefit them. The Penda need the help of modern medicine. Most of all, the Penda need to hear and understand the message of Isa or Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and make them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Penda Madiga people.
Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Penda Madiga families and communities through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His Name.
Pray for God's blessing on Penda Madiga leaders, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God's blessings in Christ Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among this people group, leading them to love Him with their whole being.


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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:1,700
Largest States:
Telangana (700)Andhra Pradesh (700)
Karnataka (400)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Madiga Penda
People Name General: Madiga Penda
Alternate People Names:
Pendarमाडीगा पेंडा
ROP3 Code: 118168
Joshua Project People ID: 21342
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,700
Population all Countries: 1,700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Madiga Penda
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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 audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Telugu
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Telugu
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Madiga Penda in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Madiga Penda India    
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