Bavcha in India

The Bavcha have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bavcha people were a warrior people who arrived with the leader of the Maratha empire in 1757. Today they are mostly found in Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra, states of west and south India. Their main language is Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Bavcha are a small population of people living and struggling for status and identity. Life is a daily struggle for most of their families. They do not own land or have the necessary job skills and education to succeed in modern India. They take low paying jobs than other Hindus will not take.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bavcha practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Their brand of Hinduism is influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Bavcha visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Bavcha people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bavchas struggle to provide for their families. They lack housing and a regular supply of food. They do not possess land and property to call their own. Most of all the Bavcha need to hear and understand the good news of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them a new hope for a better life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bavcha in India.

Pray for a spiritual desire that will give the Bavcha people an openness to receive the gospel. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Bavcha people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Bavcha people to tell them about Jesus. Ask God to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of this people.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bavcha
People Name in Country Bavcha
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 4,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bamcha; Barcha; Bavecha; Bavuri; Bawachi; Bawarchi; Bhatiara; Boyi; Khodalo; Vavuri; बावचा
People ID 16344
ROP3 Code 111481
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Gujarat
2,900
Karnataka
1,000
Maharashtra
500
Rajasthan
100
Dadra and Nagar Have
30
Daman and Diu
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Gujarat 2,900
  Karnataka 1,000
  Maharashtra 500
  Rajasthan 100
  Dadra and Nagar Have 30
  Daman and Diu 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (2,800 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Telugu
600
Marathi
600
Kannada
400
Hindi
100
Bhili
50
Khandesi
30
Kacchi
30
Tulu
20
Tamil
10
Gondi, Adilabad
Primary Language Gujarati (2,800 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 600
  Marathi 600
  Kannada 400
  Hindi 100
  Bhili 50
  Khandesi 30
  Kacchi 30
  Tulu 20
  Tamil 10
  Gondi, Adilabad 0
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.24 %
Islam
0.34 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.21 %
Unknown
0.11 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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