The Yadav in India
Originally posted at: https://www.global-teams.net/blog/general/2018/11/03/the-yadav-in-india/
15 Days of Prayer for the Hindu World: Day 7
There are approximately 58 million Yadav people spread all over India. Traditionally, they are milkmen, cow herders, and cattle breeders, but some contemporary Yadavs are also businessmen, teachers, doctors, and engineers. In recent times, they have become politically influential, particularly in North India. To protect their families and cattle from curses, Yadavs often put faith in amulets, astrologers, and witch doctors. Many believe the god Krishna himself was Yadav and therefore worship him with great devotion.
Some years ago, a young Yadav man named Sunil became a regular attendee at a local gathering of Christian students. While not yet a committed follower of Jesus, he had heard many stories from the Bible and began to experience the power of prayer. One afternoon, Sunil was involved in a highway accident that left him in a coma. Believers from the student fellowship visited him in the hospital and told his family how Sunil had been a part of their group. They asked if they could continue to visit and pray for him. Desperate for a change in the situation, the family eagerly agreed, and the group continued to visit Sunil and pray for him faithfully.
After being in a coma for almost a month, Sunil finally awoke—to the delight of all those around him. Though he suffered brain damage, and many doubted whether he would be able to continue his studies, he managed to earn a degree in Engineering. Sunil gives glory to Jesus for healing and delivering him, and he has now committed his life to follow Him.
Ways to Pray
- Pray that more Yadavs would experience the saving grace and healing power of Jesus.
- Pray that Yadavs in the political arena would come to faith in Christ and impact the broader society with obedience to His teachings.
- Pray for Yadav believers boldly to share the good news in the community as they deliver milk, and for the Lord to confirm their message with signs and wonders. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)