Brahmins reign at the top of the four-tiered Hindu caste system that still influences nearly every aspect of Indian life. Their status carries advantage and responsibility that few outside of a Hindu background can imagine. They are considered ritualistically pure, an asset for a priestly class. They are also known to be wise, able to read and interpret the scriptures. Today Brahmins fill many different roles in Indian society, often exercising great power and influence. Perhaps it is in part because of their privileged status that few Brahmins have followed Jesus. To a Brahmin considering the claims of Christ, the price must seem great. Although their lives seem glorious, Brahmins who read the scripture must see the truth of Romans 3:23, that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." May these priests of India come to know and celebrate the next verse as well, finding themselves "justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ."
God, we pray that more and more Brahmins would be compelled by a sense of their sin and the contrasting glory of God to put aside their idols and give their lives whole-heartedly to you.
|Middle Classes||Homeland: India|
Like college graduates around the world Anil faced his new life with mixed emotion. On the one hand, he now possessed freedom like never before; but with this freedom came responsibility. Anil was expected to take over his father's business. Managing his father's firm was a long way from the ruling and rampaging of his ancestors. Yet Anil is part of India's rapidly growing consumer class and his conquests may include such luxuries as a comfortable apartment, a nice private car, and household appliances.
Lord, work in the hearts of these businessmen to, like Paul, consider all things a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.
|Business Communities||Homeland: India Religion:|
"You can trust the devil, but you can't trust a Bohra!" say Indians with a laugh, revealing the reputation of this Muslim people and their place in the business communities of India. Bohras, who live in the major cities of western India, are famous for their shrewdness in business and for their allegiance to their spiritual leader, the Syedna. The Bohras belong to their own Muslim sect. All aspects of a faithful Bohra's life fall under the authority of the Syedna, including his family's business, his marriage, and his children's names. The Syedna has little grace for behavior outside the community norm. If someone began to follow Jesus, he would have to be very careful to avoid excommunication. But if a new convert is removed from the community, he no longer has the opportunity to influence his extended family and business associates.
Spirit, open hearts among India's growing and dynamic business communities, especially calling Bohras into relationship with you. Help them know how to walk with you while staying in relationship with their community.
|Urban Communities||Homeland: India Religion:|
One of India's fastest growing segments are urban communities. In this fast paced and changing environment caste lines become more blurred. Nevertheless, among the core of India's city-dwelling communities are a people called the Marwaris. In communities radiating from their homeland in the state of Rajhastan, Marwaris have moved into positions of economic influence in most Indian cities. Although they are a relatively small and close-knit group of people, the frugality and financial expertise shown by the Marwaris has vaulted them into the upper echelons of Indian society and power. Some of the richest men in India are Marwaris, but few have begun to follow the Lord.
Father, Jesus said that with man it might be impossible, but with you, all things are possible. Please bring many Marwaris into your kingdom.
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