The Kumaoni of the Himalaya
Originally posted at: https://www.global-teams.net/blog/general/2018/11/08/the-kumaoni-of-the-himalaya/
15 Days of Prayer for the Hindu World: Day 12
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).
As an orthodox Brahmin Hindu, Jeetu performed his dharma (roughly translated as “duty”) as best he could. He cleaned the temple every morning, occupied the front row of every worship service and followed every rule. His karma should have been good. And yet despite all this, the family business had collapsed, and debt collectors were knocking at his door.
Eventually, Jeetu began to contemplate suicide. But that very day, the man in white appeared to him and changed everything. Jeetu and his wife and child gave their lives to Jesus. They now follow Him wholeheartedly, witnessing despite the hardships they still face.
Jeetu is a typical Kumaoni living in the Indian State of Uttarakhand in the Himalaya. Approximately 85 percent of the three million Kumaoni people belong to the two highest castes (Brahmins and Rajputs), and the vast majority of them are committed Hindus. You will find a small altar in every house, where they worship daily.
A fledgling Jesus movement has taken off among the Kumaonis and has already resulted in the writing of more than 20 Christian worship songs. Through worshiping Christ, many believers have experienced freedom from fear, superstition, and demonic attacks.
Ways to Pray
- Pray for the Lord to give dreams and visions to the Kumaonis, that their hearts may open to receive Jesus.
- Pray for family life in Kumaon—for hope, restoration, and employment.
- Pray for the movement of Kumaoni towards Jesus, that the believers would become stronger and develop a greater sense of community.