Telugu in Bahrain


Population
28,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The peoples of India have managed to go to other parts of the world to make their mark, and Telegu speakers are no exception. Telegu refers to a Dravidian (southern Indian) language spoken mainly in India's states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana, where it is the official language. Early inscriptions in Telegu date back to 575AD, and literary works started in the 11th century. From the mid 1700s until India became a sovereign nation in 1948, this part of India was ruled in part by monarchs, but ultimately controlled by the British Raj. Hyderabad, as the princely state was then called, was among the most prosperous princely states of India. It is still one of India's most prosperous states. Some Telegus have needed to go to Bahrain to earn a living.


Where Are they Located?

Telegu speakers in Bahrain mainly live in the capital city of Manama.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though there are some professionals and white-collar workers among Indians working in Bahrain, they are more likely to be found doing construction or working in the oil industry. Many barbers and carpenters in Bahrain are from India. Women are often working as domestic servants. Even though they are far from home in a Muslim land, Telegu speakers will keep good contact with their families and friends in southern India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most are Hindus who look to their gods to provide them with prosperity and good fortune. They celebrate all the Hindu festivals. The dates of these festivals vary depending on the Hindu calendar, which is lunar. There is a sizable number of believers among Telegu speakers in Bahrain, so much so that we can't really call them an unreached people group like they are in most other parts of the world.


What Are Their Needs?

Telegu speakers need to cling to Jesus, and not allow the pull of materialism or anything else steer them away from the savior. Telegu speakers who follow the Lord can be used by Him to begin a Disciple-Making movement among other predominantly Hindu peoples, and among the Muslim Kuwaitis.


Prayer Points

* Pray for members of the Telegu speaking congregation to be salt and light to the Muslims of Kuwait. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move through them.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among Telegu speakers in Bahrain.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15324/SA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_people
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S6toUO4-rY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFVaS99tAUU
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=11808
http://tcckuwait.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5I1jNfT_QA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_Bahrain
https://www.internations.org/bahrain-expats/indians


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Telugu
People Name in Country Telugu
Population in Bahrain 28,000
World Population 779,800
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Unreached No
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Andhra, Telegu, Tolangan
People ID 15324
ROP3 Code 109930
Country Bahrain
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Bahrain
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Telugu (28,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (28,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
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 Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
11.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
85.00 %
Islam
3.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
37.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
13.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source John Tucker  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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