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Ahar of India
Ahar is a sub-caste of the dominant shudra caste in India. Ahar are usually the people who own most of the land in the areas where they live. Ahar don't take up menial work as a profession and are thus ranked above the other shudras in the ritual caste hierarchy. Marriage of people in this community is restricted to other shudra subcastes. Ahar consider themselves to be Brahmin but real Brahmins do not like to mingle with them. They are Hindu by faith and worship Narsingdeo, their family deity and Ganwat, their village deity.
High caste communities may feel less need for a Savior than others do. Jesus said it is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Indian Christians from high caste backgrounds may find it easiest to build relationships with the Ahar community. Prayer will be needed to prepare hearts.
There may be absolutely no one within the Ahar community who knows Christ as Savior, at the present time. But pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Pray for Scripture materials in both printed and recorded form, as well as for other materials to help them become firmly established in the faith.
Pray the Ahar caste will not be satisfied with their own righteousness. Pray they will deeply experience their need for forgiveness of sin, and for power to live this life. Pray for hungry hearts to know Christ.
"That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else." 1 Kings 8:60