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Telugu in Saudi Arabia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
358,000 Telugu Hinduism 3.00 % 0.60 %   

Telugu in Saudi Arabia

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Introduction / History
The peoples of India have managed to go to other parts of the world to make their mark, and Telegu speakers are no exception. Telegu refers to a Dravidian (southern Indian) language spoken mainly in India's states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana, where it is the official language. Early inscriptions in Telegu date back to 575AD, and literary works started in the 11th century. From the mid 1700s until India became a sovereign nation in 1948, this part of India was ruled in part by monarchs, but ultimately controlled by the British Raj. Hyderabad, as the princely state was then called, was among the most prosperous princely states of India. It is still one of India's most prosperous states. Still, some Telegus can make more money by going to Saudi Arabia.

Where are they located?
Telegu speakers in Saudi Arabia tend to live in Riyadh and other major cities.

What are their lives like?
Most Indians who go abroad for work are professionals. In Saudi Arabia you will find businessmen, accountants, and doctors among the Telegu speaking community. Those with less education can be construction or oil workers. Saudi Arabia is a very strict Sunni Islamic state, and some Telegu speakers have been abused. Women who are domestic servants have been physically abused, and one male inmate was beaten with a whip.

Still, Telegu speakers are becoming more numerous and settling into Saudi Arabia. In 2013, they established their own association to preserve, maintain and perpetuate their cultural heritage in Saudi Arabia. They have a matrimonial site for people who speak Telegu in Saudi Arabia. Even though they are far from home in a Muslim land, Telegu speakers will keep good contact with their families and friends in southern India.

What are their beliefs?
Most are Hindus who look to their gods to provide them with prosperity and good fortune. They celebrate all the Hindu festivals. The dates of these festivals vary depending on the Hindu calendar, which is lunar.

Surprisingly, about three percent of the Telegu speakers in Saudi Arabia are Christian, something that is very unusual in this bastion of Islam. Saudi Arabia is reluctant to allow members of other religious communities to live in their country.

What are their needs?
Telegu women need discernment and protection from predatory employees.

Prayer Points
* Pray for safety for Telegu employees in Saudi Arabia. Their women are especially vulnerable to abuse.
* Pray for the Telegu people to flourish spiritually in Saudi Arabia and gain a spiritual hunger that will make them question any religion based on works-righteousness.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among Telegu speakers in Saudi Arabia and India.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_people
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/middle-east-news/Telugu-speaking-Indians-form-association-in-Saudi-Arabia/articleshow/26908841.cms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTF5UC5eeho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5lTEOa1XCE

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Country: Saudi Arabia
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Telugu
People Name General: Telugu
Alternate People Names:
AndhraTelegu
Tolangan
ROP3 Code: 109930
Joshua Project People ID: 15324
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 358,000
Population all Countries: 909,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Other
People Name General: Telugu
Ethnic Code: CNN23d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Telugu (358,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.60 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.00 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
1818-1989Audio
Complete Bible: 1854-2002
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Pearl of Great Price
Film / VideoThe Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: తెలుగు - Telugu
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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