The Charan of West India

Originally posted at: https://www.global-teams.net/blog/general/2018/10/28/the-charan-of-west-india/

Oct
28

15 Days of Prayer for the Hindu World – Day One

The Charan of West India - Woman seated outdoors.

The Charan are a semi-nomadic group of approximately 300,000 people. Historically, they held the roles of poets and storytellers in royal courts, spreading the fame of those courts by singing their praises. Their willingness to die rather than break a promise has been a subject of renown for centuries.

Young Nina’s two-year-old niece was seriously ill in the hospital. Out of desperation and as a last resort, the family called a long-time missionary friend named Matt for help and prayer. Back home, a distraught Nina questioned the family idol-shelf, “Why do we worship the mother goddess; what did she ever do for us?” That night, for the first time, Nina prayed to Jesus, asking Him to rescue her niece.

Soon Nina herself was ill, unable to keep food or water down and having disturbing dreams in which dark evil shapes attacked her. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong or how to help, but she felt peace whenever Christians visited and prayed with her for Jesus’ protection. The uneasiness returned each time they left, but Nina continued to pray.

One night, she awoke to ÿnd herself and her bed-frame turned upside down on the floor. She told Matt that the family goddess said, “If you keep on praying in Jesus’ name, we will do even worse things to you and your family!”

Not long after that, as Nina tried to sleep, she saw dark evil shapes crowding around her tent, trying to enter and attack her. Suddenly, she saw a bright light on the road outside and Jesus walking towards her.  He said to her, “I am The King. I met with nails for your sadness.” Peace filled her heart as the evil spirits left.

Ways to pray

  1. Jesus is head of the highest royal court. Pray that the Charan will discover their true calling to glorify King Jesus. “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
  2. There are very few known believers among the Charan. Pray that the many gospel seeds planted in Charan lives will bear fruit. “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you”(Isaiah 60:2).
  3. Pray that the Charan will come suddenly to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn”(Isaiah 60:1-3).

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