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 Unreached of the Day: Bania, Subarna Banik of India

Bania, Subarna Banik of India
The name subarna banik is derived from the word sonar bania, meaning traders of gold. They are known for their exquisite craftsmanship in making designs on gold ornaments. Vermilion and bangles of conch-shell and iron are marriage symbols for women. The community has achieved a high literacy rate. Remarriage of widows is not permissible; female divorcee remarriages are allowed. Most of the people are owners of agricultural land. The majority belongs to the Vaishnava sect of the Hindu religion but they worship all the local deities. Dharmaraj and Kali are their village deities. A Brahman priest performs their worship and rituals.

Ministry Obstacles
Spiritual opposition can be expected when Jesus is presented to a person or to a people group. But God is greater than this opposition.

Outreach Ideas
This community has a higher literacy rate than many others in India. Printed scripture and other Gospel messages will be effective, in addition to oral communication.

Pray for the followers of Christ
None of the people in this community have reported themselves as Christians to the Indian census. It's possible there are a few secret believers. Pray for those who will one day come to Jesus as Lord and Savior, that they will live in obedience to Christ and will serve him with a whole heart.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for an increasing awareness of sin among these people, and for a desire to find forgiveness for that sin. Conviction of sin is a great gift, since it shows us our need.

Scripture Focus
"Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen." Psalm 72:18-19


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