BBPT was established in 1996 to plant churches and reach out holistically to the Banjara people of South Asia. Preserving the Banjaras’ unique cultural identity, BBPT aims to develop the social, economic, and spiritual lives of the people through community development activities including education, medical clinics, and women’s empowerment. To date, BBPT has planted more than 400 churches and 6,350 house fellowships in 18 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Their hope is to help 10,000 Banjara people in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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BBPT was established in 1996 to plant churches and reach out holistically to the Banjara people of South Asia. Preserving the Banjaras’ unique cultural identity, BBPT aims to develop the social, economic, and spiritual lives of the people through community development activities including education, medical clinics, and women’s empowerment. To date, BBPT has planted more than 400 churches and 6,350 house fellowships in 18 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Their hope is to help 10,000 Banjara people in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Spread throughout 16 states of South Asia, the 20 million Banjaras are the largest gypsy group in South Asia. The majority are Hindu, though some have combined Hindu practices with animistic beliefs. Banjaras practice peculiar types of worship, mostly of idols and spirits. Many are superstitious and some still practice blood sacrifices. In addition, many are addicted to alcohol and drugs and live in poverty.

Though the word “gypsy” can have a negative connotation, sometimes meaning “nomadic” or “wandering,” the Banjaras have a rich culture and are known for their vibrant clothing and dance.

Though the Banjara Church has been growing in recent years, fewer than 5% of Banjara are Christian. This is mainly because many view becoming a Christian as a break from their tribe or caste, and fear their gods will bring down calamity on their families and community. Some also feel that to become a Christian would give them an even lower caste status.

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Community Health

May 25, 2017

  We recently organized 24 Mega Medical Camps serving about 10,000+ people during the year. Most of the settlements are in need of hygienic awareness. The medical camps and training…

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Rain Demolished The Wall

October 20, 2016

On Sept 14th, BBPT was heavily hit by the rain and our 80 feet of compound wall broke down. Many places in the city were damaged. Nothing could hold this wall despite…

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Prayers

September 3, 2016

For the educational, medical and social activities of the ministry. That all workers should be given the vehicles to serve God. For families, particularly women, who are in helpless conditions…

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Sponsor a Child

August 3, 2016

Literacy among Banjaras is only 12 percent. Among women it is only 3.6 percent (2011). Most of the children attending our schools are the first generation to receive an education….

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Medical Health Project

July 3, 2016

Combining health talks, medical camps and training the health workers is working very well. The awareness talks have helped increase health knowledge among people. They are following the health workers’…

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Greetings

June 3, 2016

In the name of our Lord. Activities like education, social empowerment and medical camps have helped BBPT to develop good rapport with the people and also helped us gain their…

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Family Update and Prayer Requests

April 20, 2016

Greetings in the name of our Lord. This year has been an exciting year of change and development. In order to organize and restructure the BBPT churches, we formed the…

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Banjara Student and Family Brought to Christ

March 14, 2016

My name is P. My family is Hindu and very poor. We used to face a lot of financial problems at home, and it became a burden to pay my…

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Sponsor a Child

February 14, 2016

BBPT is serving 850 children through educational projects, of which 85 are supported through the SAC program. These children are the first generation to go to school. We praise God…

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Medical Project and Disaster Relief

January 18, 2016

Medical Health Project We praise God for the qualified doctors available to work with BBPT ministry. A total of 10 doctors in various specialties, 8 general physicians, 12 nurses, and…

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