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Brahmin Malvi in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
92,000 Malvi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Brahmin Malvi in India

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Introduction / History
In the year 2000, a language survey team set out to survey the languages spoken in the Malva region, an area covering 10 districts of western Madhya Pradesh. Initial information suggested that Hindi is well understood in the region. Meeting with the people, travelling to villages, and collecting language data, a different picture began to emerge. Generally, Hindi is used in towns and cities. In the villages, the team concluded that a different language is spoken, which they refer to as Malvi.

What are their beliefs?
Only 0.1% of Malvi speakers call themselves Christian. Most of them live in cities, and are comfortable using Hindi for their personal Bible study and worship. Ultimately, these Christians have stopped using Malvi as their mother tongue.

It was in this context that they met Rev. Masih, a Malvi speaker. Twenty years earlier, Rev. Masih had begun to travel to remote Malvi villages to show the Jesus film in Hindi. Sitting on floors plastered with mud, the people watched the film with enthusiasm. Though the viewers could not fully understand the dialogues in Hindi, they wanted to learn more about Jesus. "This experience burdened my heart for my people to have the Bible in Malvi," he told the team, so many years later. "I started translating the Gospel of John into Malvi." He passionately shared his vision with anyone willing to listen, but found no one willing to help publish the gospel.

Years later, he was commissioned to translate the Jesus film into Malvi. Once again he experienced the enthusiasm of Malvi speakers for their mother tongue. He was convinced that he must continue the translation work. As the language survey team was explaining their passion, his heart leapt. After decades of persistence, he was finally meeting with men who shared his vision and had a passion to publish the Scriptures in Malvi.

Now, nearly seven years later, the Malvi NT is going through final checking and getting ready for publication. God's Word in Malvi will communicate clearly the message from God. Rev. Masih believes, "He who began a good work in them will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ."

Prayer Points
God to open doors for communicating the Gospel and for church planting by the Malvi among themselves, in a culturally acceptable manner.
Malvi Christians to be strengthened and growi in their faith, providing a bold witness in the community.
The translation checking to be completed well and God's Word to be well distributed, laying the foundations for an effective and strong Malvi church.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:92,000
Largest States:
Madhya Pradesh (87,000)Maharashtra (4,000)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Brahmin Malvi
People Name General: Brahmin Malvi
Alternate People Names:
Malaviब्रामिन, मालवी
ROP3 Code: 115738
Joshua Project People ID: 19961
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 92,000
Population all Countries: 92,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin
People Name General: Brahmin Malvi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malvi (40,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mup    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (38,000)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malvi
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
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Brahmin Malvi in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin     Asia, South    
      Brahmin Malvi India    
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