The Bhumij people, originally from India, migrated to Bangladesh in search of land and agricultural opportunities. Their name means "children of the soil."
Most of the Bhumij of Bangladesh speak Bangla, Bangladesh's trade language. They are divided into clans and their elders settle social disputes. Rice, fish, and eggs are their staple foods, and as Hindus, they won't eat beef. Many now work as tea-laborers.
While there are a few Christians among the Bhumij of Bangladesh, the vast majority follow a mixture of Hinduism and ethnic religions. They observe many Hindu rituals and feasts and seek spiritual direction from the local village priest.
The majority of the Bhumij still need to hear the message of salvation in Christ. The Bhumij who have chosen to follow Jesus need encouragement and discipleship.
* Scripture Prayers for the Bhumij in Bangladesh.
Ask the Lord to raise up and send his children to the Bhumij in Bangladesh. Pray for the hearts of the Bhumij to be receptive to the gospel. Pray for the believers among them to grow in Christ and boldly share their faith with other Bhumij. Pray for a church planting movement among the Bhumij.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Bhumij|
|People Name in Country||Bhumij|
|Population this Country||30,000|
|Population all Countries||1,154,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bhumij Desua; Bhumija; Bhumjia; Chai Bin; Desua Bhumij; Kisan-Bhumij; भूमीज़|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||31 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Sylheti (13,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||syl Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sylheti
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2014)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sylheti|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Sylheti|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible Text (Scripture Earth)|