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Relli in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
145,000 Odia Hinduism 0.95 % Unknown   

Relli in India

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The term "relli" means a kind of grass in the Telugu language, and the traditional occupation of the Relli community was to gather and sell grass. At present, the Relli sell fruits and seeds and also involved in other occupations, including street sweeping and scavenging. They are a Scheduled Caste in Andhra Pradesh. The community includes a few social subdivisions and each of these includes several clans. They historically have not sent girls to school, and boys often study only up to primary level due to economic reasons. The Relli are an oppressed, suppressed, and depressed people. They are Hindu, but several have become Christians.

Ministry Obstacles
Most of the Relli people live in Andhra Pradesh. Efforts have been made in this state to re-convert Dalits back to Hinduism from Christianity.

Outreach Ideas
Christians can minister to low caste groups such as the Relli in various humanitarian ways. These efforts can help earn the respect and trust necessary to receive the Gospel message.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Several hundred Relli have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Pray the Lord will send teachers who can instruct them accurately in the ways of the Lord.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray these low caste individuals will gain self respect as well as respect from those communities around them. Pray that parents will see the importance of providing a good education for their children, and that they will be able to afford this education.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:145,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (133,000)Odisha (8,900)
Telangana (3,000)Jharkhand (200)
Delhi (100)West Bengal (100)
Puducherry (100)Tamil Nadu (100)
Karnataka (80)Gujarat (40)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Relli
People Name General: Relli
Alternate People Names:
Relli ChachadiSachandi
ROP3 Code: 113451
Joshua Project People ID: 17962
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 145,000
Population all Countries: 145,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Relli
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (120,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (28,000)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.95 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.03 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Odia
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Relli in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Relli India    
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            Relli in India          
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      Hinduism     Odia  
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