Telugu of United States
People Name: Telugu
Country: United States
Language: Telugu
Population: 201,000
Unreached: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia - other
Primary Religion: Hinduism
% Adherents: 3.00 %
% Evangelical: 0.60 %
Progress Status: 1.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
PO Box 62614
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Ministry Obstacles
South Asian Hindus are a minority in the United States, so their religion is a means to maintaining their culture. They are already losing much of their cultural uniqueness by speaking English. Hinduism is a means to maintaining their cultural identity.

Outreach Ideas
It will take believers who are willing to learn about Hindu cultures and appreciate them before they approach Telegu speaking people with the gospel. Some "desi" groups like Tamil speakers already have fellowships of strong believers. Someone will have to find ways for Telegu speakers to follow Jesus without feeling like they are abandoning what is left of their culture.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Those who follow Christ in India tend to be from "backward" (lower, less powerful) caste backgrounds. Forward (higher, more powerful) caste members are the ones who have the opportunity to move to Western countries like the United States. For this reason, there are very few believers among the Telegu speakers in the West. Pray for a breakthrough among forward caste Telegu speaking Hindus both in India and in the West.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray for a T4T (Training For Teachers) movement to penetrate forward caste Telegu speaking people in the United States that will affect their communities in India.
* Pray for the kingdom of God to penetrate hearts of Telegu speakers

Telugu of United States