Bhojpuri Bihari in South Africa


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Introduction

The world is truly a melting pot of peoples from all tongues, tribes and nations. They often migrate to places far from their countries of origin. Such is the case of the Bhojpuri Biharis. The partition of India in 1947 led to huge migrations all over the world. A large number of people from the Bihar Province of British India moved to various parts of the world to work as indentured laborers. Some even went to South Africa, where the community found employment and was able to put down roots working in sugarcane, cocoa, rice and rubber plantations.


Ministry Obstacles

The majority of the Biharis of South Africa practice Hinduism, and only a few claim to be Christians of any sort. That is a start, but they remain officially unreached.


Outreach Ideas

Now, the Biharis in South Africa have prospered, are better educated, and have a higher rate of literacy. It is possible to reach the better educated Biharis with printed resources. However, visual means, such as the JESUS Film, will be more effective with those who either can't or won't read.


Prayer Focus

Pray for the very few Bible believing Biharis in South Africa to feel the call to reach out to their fellow Biharis with the gospel message. Pray for a people movement to Jesus Christ during the 2020s among the Biharis of South Africa.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhojpuri Bihari in South Africa.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhojpuri Bihari
People Name in Country Bhojpuri Bihari
Pronunciation BOGE-poo-ree bee-HA-ree
Population this Country 58,000
Population all Countries 85,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bihari; Deswali; Hindi; Indo-Mauritian; Indo-Mauritian Muslim; Marathi; Tamil; Telugu; Urdu; Urdu Speakers
People ID 10823
ROP3 Code 101368
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Bhojpuri (58,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Purbi
Dialect Code 830   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bhojpuri (58,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Purbi
Dialect Code 830   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
80.00 %
Islam
10.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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