They Rathodia people are considered “backward” in terms of education and their ability to make a living. They have low status and they are poor.
These Hindus live in Gujarat, a state in western India.
The Rathodia people are poor, landless farmers. Many of them are bonded laborers, meaning that they have no choice but to work for someone else until their debts are paid off. They supplement their income by selling firewood.
The Rathodia people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon, especially Naganjimata, Balija maharaj and Ganesh.
Hindus 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.
The main yearly holidays of the Rathodia 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 Rathodia people need to be taught how to make a better living.
* Scripture Prayers for the Rathodia in India.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Rathodia people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Rathodia families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Rathodia people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Rathodia people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
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|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
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Primary Language: Gujarati
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|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
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