Introduction / History
The Chettis first came to Sri Lanka from southern India as traders.
Where are they located?
This people group lives mainly in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, but some have moved to the nearby beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
What are their lives like?
The Chettiar are also called Chetti. Chetti is a name given to many castes among this people. The word Chetti means trader.
Among the Chettis there seems to be more widowers than widows. There are more married men than married women. Chettis have sub groups called Ayira Vaisyar.
What are their beliefs?
Though there might have been some Roman Catholic influence in their community in the past, today the Sri Lankan Chetti are 100 percent Hindu.
What are their needs?
This people group is somewhat economically stable, but spiritually they do not know that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. Who will tell them?
* Pray that believers from India will soon take the life-transforming gospel to the Sri Lankan Chetti.
* Pray for Christ-centered fellowships and disciple-making movements to emerge among this people group.
Text source: Keith Carey