Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rise Up

During Navratri in Gujarat, celebrations and dance can be found in every neighborhood of every city and village. One church in Ahmedabad is offering an alternative to idol worship and frenzied dance this year. This church is sharing worship of … Continue reading

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Navratri

Navratri is a nine day celebration of three goddesses of the Hindu religion. This year the festival starts on September 28. In Gujarat, this is a major festival and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by almost everyone, not just Hindus. … Continue reading

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Freedom

Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Pray today for Believers in Gujarat, that they will recall the freedom of … Continue reading

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The Charan

The Charan are a Hindu people, part of the Gujarati cluster of people groups. Over 100,000 live in Gujarat. Historically, the Charan were attached to royal courts. Today they are simply poor laborers, mostly illiterate. As a people, they typically … Continue reading

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To Him be glory

According to the Joshua Project (www.joshuaproject.net), there are 625 distinct people groups in the state of Gujarat. Of these, 582 have less than 0.01% Evangelical Christians–most have no known Believers. If you want to put this in numbers, these 625 … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

Kashmavani Parva is an observation of forgiveness. On this day, Jains will first forgive themselves and then will approach family, friends, and coworkers and ask forgiveness for wrongs they have commited. This is to relieve themselves of the burden of … Continue reading

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Anant Chaturdashi

On the 11th day of Ganesh Chaturthi called Anant Chaturdashi, specially purchased statues of Ganesh will be taken from homes, businesses, and shrines. They will be carried through the streets in procession and with much fanfare. They will be immersed … Continue reading

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Ganesh Chaturthi

For most Hindus, much of September is dedicated to the god Ganesh who, according to tradition, was born this time of year.  He is known as the god of success, wisdom and prosperity, who protects you and removes obstacles from your … Continue reading

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Daring

Today pastors and lay leaders in Gujarat are standing up and sharing the good news of Jesus. For some this is a paid job, for others it is passion only. Many are ridiculed, harassed, persecuted. But they will get up … Continue reading

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Seeking salvation

The Digambar are one of two Jain sects that live in Gujarat. Daslakshna parva–the Digambar Jain festival of 10 virtues–is observed for 10 days. This year the festival is held from 2-12 September. During these 10 days, Jains will strictly … Continue reading

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