Bengali-speaking South Asians in United States


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Omani are set apart from other ethnic groups by their unique use of the Southeast Asian Colloquial Arabic language and by their culture. Oman was an extremely poor country until oil was discovered there in 1964. In 1970, Oman's new sultan introduced several developmental programs to help modernize the country. These included developing the oil industry, building new roads, hospitals and schools, allowing girls to attend school, and establishing adult literacy programs. Since that time some Omanis have gone to the US and other Western nations for higher education.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Omani Arabs have a reputation for being generous and polite, while remaining impersonal. The Omani standard is to accept others on their terms. For example, they view anything less than excessive generosity as rudeness. Sunnis are welcomed by the Ibadis with Sunni greetings. Even Christians are tolerated as long as they are not Muslim converts.


What Are Their Beliefs?

While virtually all Omani Arabs are Muslims, they are segregated into three Islamic sects: Ibadi Isam (Oman's state religion), Sunni, and Shia. Three-fourths of the Omani Arabs in Oman belong to the Ibadaya sect. The Ibadis live primarily in the mountainous regions of Oman. The Sunnis live in the coastal villages and the Shias are located in the cities.


What Are Their Needs?

Very few of the Omani of Oman follow Christ. Prayer is the key to effectively reaching this people with the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Bengali-speaking in United States.

Pray that God will provide His contacts, strategies, and wisdom for any mission agencies that focus on the Omani Arabs of the United States. Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin to break up the soil through worship and intercession. Pray for a strong church planting movement among the Omani Arabs. Pray for a spiritual hunger among Omani Arabs that will open them to the claims of Jesus Christ, the one that Muslims regard as sinless.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-05-14
People Name General South Asian, Bengali-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Natural Name Bengali-speaking South Asians
Population this Country 369,000
Population all Countries 1,884,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Bangla-Bhasa; Bengali, Muslims; Hindu; साउत एशियन, बिंगाली-स्पीकिंग
People ID 10790
ROP3 Code 101254
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of South Asian, Bengali-speaking in United States
Primary Language Bengali (369,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (369,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
19.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source People Group Location / Map Design by Joshua Project. Other map data / geography from GMI.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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