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Yerava in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
37,000 Ravula Hinduism 0.21 % Unknown   

Yerava in India

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Introduction / History
Several centuries ago, the Ravula were a thriving, agriculture and forest-based tribe, in Wayanad and Coorg districts of Kerala and Karnataka, respectively. Over a period of time, a feudal system came into place, which resulted in the Ravula literally becoming slaves of high caste Hindu families. With the development of coffee and tea plantations in the area, forest lands were cut down and plantations established – all this required cheap labour. The Ravula and other tribes were recruited to serve as cheap daily-wage labourers.

At the same time, other communities were migrating into the region and they occupied/bought the best pieces of land. Having no land of their own for cultivation, the Ravula ended up as slaves for the migrants or as plantation workers and and had to scour the forests for their survival. Soon the Ravula were being referred to as 'Adiyan ', meaning slaves. Even the Government list of Scheduled Tribes lists them as 'Adiya ', in the place of their original name – Ravula. In Karnataka, they are often referred to as 'Panjiri Yerawa '.

Though their living conditions have now improved slightly, most Ravula live for the moment, without any thought about the future or any security in life. As a result, most of them also end up being slaves to alcohol or smoking or chewing paan (betel leaf & nut), and more recently, they have become addicted to watching movies. All these fritter away money they could otherwise put to better use.

When the language researchers visited the Ravula and enquired about their language they said, "You are the first person to ask us about our language!" "When will you come back?" others asked. This research was seen by them to be of great value, and they were very excited. The researchers concluded that using Malayalam or Kannada – the state languages - would not provide sufficient understanding of the deeper truths of Scripture. To have the Word of God in the Ravula language is an urgent need for the small, new church taking root among them. It has the power to transform their thinking, way of life and their future.

Prayer Points
God to bring about a social transformation among the Ravula, especially those living in the Karnataka district.
All Ravula children to pursue education at school, college and through other higher education opportunities.
God to open doors for communicating the Gospel and for the Ravula to plant churches among their own people.
The mother tongue translation team to be strengthened and well-equipped to speed the process of accurately translating the Scriptures.

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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:37,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (36,000)Maharashtra (600)
Kerala (400)Tamil Nadu (10)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Yerava
People Name General: Yerava
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113895
Joshua Project People ID: 18343
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 37,000
Population all Countries: 37,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Yerava
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ravula (27,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yea    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (3,600)Telugu (800)
Kodava (500)Malayalam (400)
Tulu (80)Tamil (60)
Total Languages: 7
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.21 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.20 % 
Islam2.54 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.03 % 
Unknown0.02 % 
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: 2011–2014
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2018
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 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
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Ravula
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Ravula
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Yerava in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Yerava India    
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