What good does it do to have public jobs and special consideration for university admissions if you have a low literacy rate? That is the situation for the Padhars, a Scheduled Tribe of Gujarat. They live as landless agricultural workers. Some fish and rent out their boats. The large majority of the Padhar profess to be Hindus. Their brand of Hinduism is influenced by tradional animism and a veneration for their ancestors. As a tribal group the Padhar are considered by higher castes to be Dalits, outside the Hindu system.
Since many of the Padhar are illiterate, they are unable to read the Bible that is available in Gujarati, their primary language. The gospel will have to be presented to them in oral and visual forms.
Believers can show the Gujarati JESUS Film. Medical teams of believers can bring the benefits of modern medicine to the Padhar.
* Ask the Lord to increase the tiny number of Padhar who claim to follow Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Lord sends teachers to help the Padhar increase their literacy rate.
* Ask the Lord to give the Padhar a hunger for His Word and the desire to have their sins forgiven.
* Pray the Lord will raise up a disciple making movement among the Padhar in this decade.
Scripture Prayers for the Padharia in India.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Padharia|
|People Name in Country||Padharia|
|Population this Country||31,000|
|Population all Countries||31,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Padhar; पधरिया|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Gujarati (31,000 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||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|