Pulesar Bai (ca. 1915-1976)
Pulesar Bai was a Bible woman (lay evangelist) with the American Mennonite Mission and the Mennonite Church (MC) in India. Her parents were Baganath and Tulsi Bai, a Hindu family who lived at Umaradah near Dhamtari. She received a primary education in Dhamtari at a Hindu school and later completed the seventh class at the Balodgahan Girls' Boarding where she became a Christian. She was sent to the Disciples of Christ Female Training School in Bilaspur for Bible training.
In 1930 she married Israel Bhelwa and from 1932 until 1957 served as a Bible woman in the evangelistic program at Ghatula. Her husband died in 1940. They had four sons and one daughter. Pulesar's deep devotion to Christ made her a respected saint and ambassador of the Gospel. Pulesar Bai died 18 August 1976.
American Mennonite Mission. Annual Report (1913): 19.
Bachan, E. P. "Changing attitudes and Developments within the MCI." Mennonite Board of Missions Report, 1957.
Bachan, E. P. "India to Stay." Mennonite Board of Missions Reports (1958): 40.
Biographical data from J. M. Bhelwa and Mennonite Board of Missions (MC) missionaries.
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