Marathi speakers come from western India. Many of India's states are named after a particular language, and Maharashtra, the state which includes Mumbai, is home of most of India's Marathi speakers. Marathi speakers led a great empire called the Maratha Empire in the 1600s and 1700s.
In the United States, South Asian communities come together calling themselves "Desis." Though they may be Hindu, Sikh, Jain, or Muslim, they tend to associate with other South Asians. Though some of the largest languages in the world are spoken in South Asia, they use English as a common language, especially when they live in English speaking countries like the Unites States.
But each language group likes to have their own associations where they can speak the language of their hearts. For this reason, there are Marathi associations throughout the United States. Most of the Marathi speakers, or other South Asians for that matter, are from professional backgrounds. Many own businesses or practice medicine.
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 ties to India.
It will take believers who are willing to learn about Hindu cultures and appreciate them before they approach Marathi people with the gospel. Some "desi" groups like Tamil speakers already have groups of strong believers. Someone will have to find ways for Marathi speakers to follow Jesus without feeling like they are abandoning what is left of their ancient culture.
Few if any Marathi speakers in the US follow Jesus. Pray for dreams and visions of the exalted Savior that will open the door for some to allow Him to enter their hearts.
* Pray for a T4T (Training For Trainers) movement among Marathi speakers in the US that will penetrate other South Asian communities, not only in North America, but also India.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Marathi|
|People Name in Country||Marathi|
|Population in United States||35,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Marathi Jew, Marati|
|Primary Language||Marathi (35,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mar Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Marathi|
Primary Language: Marathi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1811-1982)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Marathi|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Marathi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Gods Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Fathers Love Letter|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|