Country: Sri Lanka

Number of People Groups

43

People Groups Unreached

36

Total Population

21,690,000

Unreached Population

21,270,000

% Professing Christian

2.0%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Largest Religion

Official Language

10/40 Window

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Adi Dravida 1,416,000 11,409,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.2 %
 Agamudaiyan 185,000 1,051,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Ambalavasi 690,000 832,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Americans, U.S. 4,200 186,762,000 English Christianity 87.0 % 26.0 %
 Arab 1,200 985,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Baloch, Eastern 900 7,584,000 Balochi, Eastern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bania 100,000 29,559,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bania, Agarwal 21,000 4,961,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Bania, Mahajan 1,400 194,000 Language Unknown Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bania, Mahesri 2,000 375,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bania, Porwal 1,900 340,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Bharathar 1,700 75,000 Malayalam Christianity 82.0 %
 Bohra 2,000 1,117,000 Gujarati Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Brahmin 93,000 64,610,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 British 4,600 49,252,000 English Christianity 70.0 % 6.0 %
 Burgher 6,500 6,500 Sinhala Christianity 100.0 %
 Burmese 600 31,631,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Deaf Unknown 0 Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.4 % 1.2 %
Divehi, Maldivian 200 1,300 Maldivian Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Faqir 1,400 127,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 600 860,021,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Japanese 4,200 124,304,000 Japanese Buddhism 2.0 %
 Kuravan 1,500 490,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Malay, Javar 70,000 10,468,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Malayali 27,000 1,744,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Mappila 5,000 9,224,000 Malayalam Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Maravan 127,000 3,261,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Mauritian 800 638,000 Language Unknown Hinduism 37.0 %
 Memon 1,900 725,000 Gujarati Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Parsee 1,300 163,000 Gujarati O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Pashtun, Northern 1,600 43,303,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Rodiya 8,700 8,700 Sinhala Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sinhalese 11,258,000 11,739,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Sri Lanka Chetti 6,100 6,100 Telugu Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sri Lankan Moor 418,000 418,000 Tamil Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tamil Christian 402,000 454,000 Language Unknown Christianity 100.0 %
 Tamil Hindu 4,886,000 7,476,000 Language Unknown Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tamil Muslim 1,289,000 4,267,000 Tamil Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Vaddar, Hindu 157,000 3,742,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Veddah 300 300 Veddah O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
Vellalan 356,000 2,843,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Viswakarma 131,000 8,151,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
Waggai 4,000 4,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
  Totals:  43 21,690,000 36       2.0 % 0.0 %  
  Unclassified / Other Individuals: 188,000  
  UN Country Population (2015) 21,878,000  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
52.1 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
2.0 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
37.6 %
Islam
8.3 %
Non-Religious
0.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Sri Lanka. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Sri Lanka
  • Christian ministry in Sri Lanka
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches



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