Patelia in India

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People Name: Patelia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 142,000
World Population: 145,500
Primary Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.16 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Patelia are a scheduled tribe in Gujarat, where most live. Some live in Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They typically work in some aspect of farming. The men regularly consume alcoholic drinks, smoke bidi and cigarettes, and chew tobacco and betel. Their traditional community council is responsible for maintaining social control.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Patelia are Hindus, and some practice ancestor worship. They are mainly worshippers of Shakti and Devi. Their sacred specialists are from their own community.

What Are Their Needs?

The Patelia need ambassadors for Christ to take his glory to their community.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Christians among them to become real disciples of Jesus Christ, obedient to his commands, filled with all the fruit of his Spirit. Pray they will honor Jesus by discipling people who will disciple others.
Please pray for the Christian believers in this people group to gain a vision for reaching their own people.
Pray for anointed leaders who can hold this vision up and who can develop realistic plans for moving forward with the vision.
Pray for prayer warriors to be called to pray this through.

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