The Bairagis Need Jesus
From the Bay of Bengal to the Himalayas, the region of West Bengal stretches across the far-eastern portion of India. Tea gardens are plentiful amidst the landscape of lush hills and mountains. With 91 million people, it is India’s 4th most populous state. It is also home to the highest concentration of Bairagi people in the world.
Over 3.6 million Bairagis reside in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Their roots date back to the 11th and 12th centuries in the days of Ramanuja, one of Hinduism’s most famed teachers and philosophers. They can be distinguished by the “talik” on their foreheads, a mark that is painted to the bridge of the nose.
While the Bairagi people number into the millions, they lack any Christian presence in their communities. Their culture is 100% Hindu and conversion from the faith is considered a threat to peace. Ministry in the region is further complicated by a rising threat of persecution to Christians in India and Nepal.
Bairagi culture is 100% Hindu, and conversion is considered a threat to peace.
e3 Partners is working to ensure that a thriving local church exists in every community throughout India. We are equipping existing believers and training local pastors to identify unreached communities and share the Gospel effectively. As people come to faith in Christ, we are establishing small groups that help them take the next steps in their spiritual growth and serve as the seeds for new churches.
As we grow churches in India, we realize that to follow Christ is to risk disturbing community harmony within this Hindu community. We are helping churches address pressing social, economic, and health issues with the neighbors around them.
Below, see outreach strategies, outlined by the Joshua Project:
Much sustained, focused prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Bairagi community to understand and receive the good news of Jesus of Nazareth.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
Pray the few believers among the Bairagi people will grow in sharing and discussing God's Word with their families and friends. Pray for those that the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will be zealous to learn of Christ, and that they will be sent teachers and pastors to help them. Pray they will live holy lives that honor Christ.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Pray for the Hindu Bairagi community to make schooling for both boys and girls a priority.
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