Introduction / History
In time past, Kela people hunted snakes, toads and birds. Their profession was considered a dishonorable occupation by surrounding communities. Their name means “unclean” in Bengali.
Where Are they Located?
Kela Hindu people are located in Odisha in southeastern India.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Kela people no longer hunt as a profession. The majority work today as farmers or sharecroppers. Others work as lock and suitcase repairmen.
What Are Their Beliefs?
They live within their small groups, marrying close kin. They live in multi-caste villages.
Though there is a dying Muslim community of few people among the Kelas, most are Hindus. Kela people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. 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. They 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 like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
What Are Their Needs?
Although audio, visual, and written Bible resources are available in Odia, the spoken language of Kela people in India, they remain unreached and unengaged with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They are held in serious bondage mentally, physically, and spiritually.
* Scripture Prayers for the Kela (Hindu traditions) in India.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Hindu Kela people group.
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Kela families and communities within this people group through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.
* Pray for God's blessing on Kela leaders, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God’s blessing.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Kela people, leading them to love Him with their whole being.