The Purpose of GBBMI
- To establish reproducing churches in each Banjara Thanda.
- To pastor and teach Banjara believers in authentic Christian fellowship.
- To provide outstanding Christian educational opportunities for Banjara children.
- To honor the dignity and wisdom of Banjara culture as a way to honor the diversity of God’s creation.
The Banjara People
The Banjara are an unreached group of almost 70 million people worldwide. They are the ancestors of the European Gypsies. 60 million Banjara people live in India. In India, the Banjara live mostly in rural areas, in small villages or “thandas.” Literacy is very low, and most have never heard the name of Jesus. Because they are poor, with little to no income, and rural, they are an overlooked and neglected people. But, they are a wonderful people, and GBBMI longs to see them made new in Jesus
(2 Corinthians 5:17).
GBBMI partners directly with GBBM-India to support Aletheia Banjara School. Aletheia is accredited by the Indian government and currently educates 480 Banjara students in classes ranging from Pre-Primary School (PPS) to 10th grade. Students study several subjects including maths, history, Telugu and English. Students also attended a weekly “Moral Sciences” class where they learn Christian character qualities and Bible verses using a curriculum written by Collierville Bible Church of Collierville, Tennessee.