Country: Sri Lanka

Number of People Groups

41

People Groups Unreached

35 (85.4%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

20,664,000

Population in Unreached

20,270,000 (98.1%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian *

4.0%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.3%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Adi Dravida 1,349,000 11,779,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.20 %
 Agamudaiyan 176,000 1,086,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Ambalavasi 658,000 817,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab 1,200 387,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baloch 900 8,109,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania 95,000 15,432,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Agarwal 20,000 5,153,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bania Mahajan 1,300 197,000 Language unknown Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Mahesri 1,900 387,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bania Porwal 1,800 350,000 Marwari Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Bharathar 1,600 79,000 Malayalam Christianity 82.23 %
 Bohra 1,900 1,186,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Brahmin 88,000 33,795,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Burgher 6,200 6,200 Sinhala Christianity 77.62 %
 Burmese 600 32,284,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Sri Lankan Sign Language Buddhism 8.38 % 1.20 %
Divehi 200 1,500 Maldivian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Faqir 1,300 130,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 500 858,337,000 Chinese, Mandarin Buddhism 3.81 %
 Japanese 4,000 124,775,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.43 %
 Kuravan 1,400 516,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malay, Javar 66,000 11,678,000 Sri Lankan Creole Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malayali 26,000 1,267,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Mappila 4,800 9,731,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Maravan 121,000 3,444,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Mauritian 800 1,085,000 Language unknown Hinduism 37.50 %
 Memon 1,800 733,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Parsee 1,300 166,000 Gujarati Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Pashtun Northern 1,600 45,678,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Rodiya 8,300 8,300 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sinhalese 10,729,000 11,143,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.99 %
Sri Lanka Chetti 5,800 5,800 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sri Lankan Moor 398,000 398,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tamil (Christian traditions) 383,000 435,000 Language unknown Christianity 100.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 4,656,000 7,317,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tamil (Muslim traditions) 1,229,000 4,581,000 Tamil Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Vaddar (Hindu traditions) 150,000 3,953,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Veddah 2,400 2,400 Veddah Unknown 43.75 %
Vellalan 339,000 3,015,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Viswakarma 125,000 8,478,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Waggai 3,800 3,800 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  41 20,664,000       35   4.02 % 0.00 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 241,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 20,905,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 5 5 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Malayalam mal 3 2 Complete Bible
Maldivian div 1 1 Bible Portions
Marwari rwr 2 2 New Testament
Pashto, Northern pbu 1 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 3 2 Complete Bible
Sri Lankan Creole Malay sci 1 1
Sri Lankan Sign Language sqs 1 0
Tamil tam 11 11 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 4 4 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 3 1
Veddah ved 1 0
Totals: 17 41 35   4 9 13 13 7

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
50.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
4.0 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
37.5 %
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 groups who live 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 number of Christians 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

Sri Lanka Statistics
People Groups 41
Unreached People Groups 35  (85.4%)
Population 20,664,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.5%
Population in Unreached 20,270,000  (98.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 431 to 487
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 4.0%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.3%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 18%
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code CE
National Bible Society Website
Official National Language Sinhala
Secondary National Language English
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,446,000
Persecution Ranking 45 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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