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. Still, some Telegus with a good education can make even more money by going to Kuwait.
There are a small number of Telegu speakers in Kuwait, mostly located in Kuwait City.
Most Indians who go abroad for work are professionals. In Kuwait you will find businessmen, accountants, and doctors among the Telegu speaking community. Others take on blue-collar jobs in construction or the oil industry. Their women often work as domestic servants in private homes. 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.
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.
Surprisingly, there is a large Telegu speaking church and Bible school in Kuwait, a solidly Muslim nation.
Telegu women need protection in the workplace, something that will not happen until there is a worldview change on the part of the Kuwaitis who view them as subhuman.
* Pray for protection for Telegu women who are at the mercy of their employers.
* Pray for Telegu speaking believers to have so much joy, peace, love, and patience that their Kuwaiti employers will want the same spiritual blessings, which only come from a relationship with Christ.
* Pray for Telegu speakers to begin Disciple-Making movements among other South Asian peoples and among the Kuwaiti majority.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Telugu|
|People Name in Country||Telugu|
|Population in Kuwait||600|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Andhra, Telegu, Tolangan|
|Region||Middle East and North Africa|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Telugu (600 speakers)|
|Language Code||tel Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Telugu|
Primary Language: Telugu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1989)|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|