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Telugu in United States

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
90,000 Telugu Hinduism 3.00 % 0.60 %   

Telugu in United States

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Summary
Many of India's states are named after a particular language, and Telegana is home of most of India's Telegu speakers. Broadly speaking Indian languages are divided into the northern Aryan and the southern Dravidian branches. Telegu is a Dravidian language.

In the United States, South Asian communities jokingly call themselves "desis," and old religious and communal animosities are put aside in this foreign land. They use English as their common language in South Asia and in the US.

But each language group likes to have their own associations where they can speak the language of their hearts. For this reason, there are Telugu associations throughout the United States. Most of the Telegu speakers, or other South Asians for that matter, are from professional backgrounds. Many own businesses or practice medicine.

Ministry Obstacles
South Asian Hindus are a minority in the United States, so their religion is a means to maintaining their culture. They are already losing much of their cultural uniqueness by speaking English. Hinduism is a means to maintaining their cultural identity.

Outreach Ideas
It will take believers who are willing to learn about Hindu cultures and appreciate them before they approach Telegu speaking people with the gospel. Some "desi" groups like Tamil speakers already have fellowships of strong believers. Someone will have to find ways for Telegu speakers to follow Jesus without feeling like they are abandoning what is left of their culture.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Those who follow Christ in India tend to be from "backward" (lower, less powerful) caste backgrounds. Forward (higher, more powerful) caste members are the ones who have the opportunity to move to Western countries like the United States. For this reason, there are very few believers among the Telegu speakers in the West. Pray for a breakthrough among forward caste Telegu speaking Hindus both in India and in the West.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray for a T4T (Training For Teachers) movement to penetrate forward caste Telegu speaking people in the United States that will affect their communities in India.
* Pray for the kingdom of God to penetrate hearts of Telegu speakers

Scripture Focus
And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But He said, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God." Luke 18:24-26, NASB

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-18
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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: North America and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
Total States on file:45
Location in Country:Substantial number in Los Angeles area
(Source: Joshua Project)
   
 
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Telugu
People Name General: Telugu
Alternate People Names:
AndhraTelegu
Tolangan
ROP3 Code: 109930
Joshua Project People ID: 15324
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 90,000
Population all Countries: 790,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Telugu
People Name General: Telugu
Ethnic Code: CNN23d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Telugu (90,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.60 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
1818-1989Audio
Complete Bible: 1854-2002
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: తెలుగు - Telugu
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Telugu in United States

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