Introduction / History
Even though the Marathis have both an oral and written history that dates back 2000 years, they only gained attention as a prominent people group in the 1600s. At that time, a man named Shivaji and his warriors established the Maratha Empire. India's western state of Maharashtra is named after this people group. Technically Marathi is a language, though language often defines a people group.
During the days of the British Empire, the British sent Indian indentured servants to Kenya. Some of these Indians spoke the Marathi language as do their great-great grandchildren today.
21st century Marathis are living much better than the ones who first came to Kenya. Marathis and other peoples of Indian descent are now key players in Kenya's economy.
Where are they located?
Most Marathi speakers are in their homeland in India, but there is a sizeable diaspora in Europe, North America and parts of Africa where the British Empire once reigned like Kenya.
What are their lives like?
Marathis and other people of Indian descent in Kenya, are relatively well-off economically, yet they have been described as "invisible" in the social and political spheres. In 2017, Indians were named the "44th tribe" in Kenya by the government, in an attempt to give them a shared identity with other Kenyans.
What are their beliefs?
The Marathi people in Kenya are Hindus, a religion which includes many deities and beliefs. Wealthy Hindus tend to use religion mainly as a way to maintain cohesiveness in their communities, and to gain good luck with their business ventures.
What are their needs?
This relatively wealthy, well-educated community is still in need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. It will take special ambassadors of the King of kings to approach them in a way they can understand and accept.
* Pray for the Lord to give the Marathi Hindus in Kenya the spiritual discernment to understand that they need a savior, one who can be none other than Jesus.
* Pray that Marathis in Kenya will soon experience the love of Christ and begin to follow Him as their Lord and savior.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Marathi speaking people to begin in Kenya.
Text source: Keith Carey