The Bhadela have traditionally made their living as fishermen (the term bhodala means seaman or fisherman). They have seventeen clans of equal status. Spouses are acquired through negotiation, and first cousins are preferred for marriage. A widow has the option of marrying the younger brother of her deceased husband. Although Sunni Muslims, they worship Darya-e-pir (regarded as the chief saint of the sea), and visit local Muslim shrines for the fulfilment of wishes. Syed is employed as a sacred specialist for performing rituals and celebrating festivals, in accordance with their traditions.
In Gujarat, Hindu extremist groups with the support of the government and police, have pursued a long-term strategy of intimidation, slander and harassment against Muslim and Christian people groups. An anti-conversion law was passed in 2003.
There are some Christians in Gujarat. Pray that many of these will be given a desire to share the message of Christ with those around them, and that the Bhadela people will not be overlooked.
Even though there are probably no followers of Christ within this community at this time, it's not too early to pray for a church planting movement to soon develop.
Pray for safety as the Bhadela fishermen ply their trade. Pray also the Lord will reveal who Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) truly is, the Son of God, deity, to this Muslim people group.
Scripture Prayers for the Bhadela in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2018-10-06|
|People Name General||Bhadela|
|People Name in Country||Bhadela|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bhadala; Bhodala; भदेला|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Gujarati (9,200 speakers)|
|Language Code||guj Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Gujarati
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-1985)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|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|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|