Asur in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Asur
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 40,000
World Population: 42,000
Primary Language: Asuri
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 8.02 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

A number of tribal groups live in the thick forests and mineral rich land of the hilly part of the state of Jharkhand. Asur is one of them.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Asur do not mingle freely with others, making it difficult for an outsider to enter their area and build friendships. Any outsider traveling in the region is viewed with suspicion as the area is known for militant activities.
Most Asur children do not attend school, as school facilities are not easily available, and they need to walk long distances to go to school. This keeps the literacy rates among the Asur very low. It is too bad that the schools are not closer since their attitude towards education is very positive.
Most of the hard working Asur earn their livelihood as day laborers in mines. In general, the living conditions of the Asur are good. Yet, there is a sharp contrast in the lifestyles and social levels of Christian Asur versus the others. Christians among them have better access to medical facilities, are better educated and have better knowledge about the outside world.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally, they followed an animistic religion. A significant number of Asur have responded to the gospel and worship Jesus. The lack of God's word in the Asuri language has diluted their understanding of Christian living. They have absorbed many of their ancestral worship forms into the church.

What Are Their Needs?

The Asur speak a distinct language called Asuri but no portion of the scripture is available. Having the Word of God in their language would be an asset in building the foundations of the Asur Church. They could then better understand the love of God and enable the remaining Asur to clearly understand the gospel.
There is need for educational and medical facilities for the Asur people.

Prayer Points

Pray the Asur would see they can enjoy abundant life if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side and blessing them in every way.
Pray for loving workers.
Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.
Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in their communities.

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