Day 25. Kapu in India (KAH-poo)
The Kapu caste are a significant part of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. They make up 1/4th of the population of the state.
In the Telugu language, Kapu means “cultivator” and they are still mostly an agricultural community. However, the Kapu took on military roles when various regional wars arose. They are traditional Hindus.
The Kapu of the prosperous coastal districts of East and West Godavari are classified as Forward Caste; however, their poorer, rural Kapu cousins in some other districts are classified as OBCs. Some are still fighting for their rights as a Backward Caste to qualify for government affirmative action. The Kapu have been forced to organize agricultural unions to protect their way of life. They need opportunities for education and job training that can improve their economic opportunities as well as access to modern medicine, electricity and clean water.
Prayers for the families of the Kapu:
Lord, show those who follow Jesus in Andhra Pradesh how to best love and bless the Kapu, so the Kapu know that You love their families too.
Lord, bless the Kapu as they have had considerable clashes with the surrounding politics and business interests against them. Bless the families of the Kapu with healing and peace when they pray in Jesus’ name. Pour Your presence and life into Kapu families, to experience how You can help them and their crops in ways their traditional gods or spirits never will.
Lord, bless Your Holy Scriptures in their own language, Telugu. May Your parables about planting and reaping make Your Kingdom understood in the hearts and minds of the Kapu. Lord, heal, forgive, and set the Kapu families free.
Praise God for His blessing upon the Kapu: I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’ (Zech. 13:9)