India, the world’s second most densely populated nation (after China), is rapidly approaching one billion inhabitants. It is here that more than 40 million Bhojpuri Bihari can be found. They live primarily in the Northeastern region of India, in the state of Bihar. Ironically, the name “Bihar” is derived from a term that means “Buddhist monastery,” but the Bhojpuri Bihari are a staunch Hindu, not Buddhist, people. The name “Bhojpuri” is simply a term that indicates which of the sixteen different Indian languages they speak.
Most of the Bhojpuris live in villages. Their houses are made of mud and sticks that have been plastered together with cow dung, then whitewashed. These small huts have thatched roofs, dirt floors, and handmade furniture. Most of the Bhojpuri Bihari are strict observers of the Hindu faith.
Bihar is one of the poorest states in India. Less than half of the people can read and write; medical services are inadequate; and farming procedures are not yet modernized. Ironically, cattle are treated with more respect than are the women. India has perhaps more cattle per capita than any other country; however, their belief in reincarnation prohibits their slaughter. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to break through these religious barriers that have kept the Bhojpuri Bihari bound in both spiritual and physical poverty.
The 40 million Bundelkhandi people will not receive the gospel message unless we go to them and produce an indigenous evangelistic film with and for their people. A film which clearly shares the message of Christ’s love and salvation for them. We have produced hundreds of such indigenous videos for the unreached peoples of the world, and we need your help to bring the gospel to this precious people in their heart language and adapted to their culture. So that all can clearly hear and see the gospel and embrace it as their own.
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