Jenu Kuruba in India

The Jenu Kuruba have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

It was almost a year since the young evangelist and his family had settled down in the Jennu Kurumba region, far away from their home town. They had nurtured dreams of having a small group of Jennu Kurumba worshipping the Lord within a year. But every time the young family tried to build friendships, they were greeted with suspicion or blank looks. As a result, the evangelist and his wife were discouraged.

The Jennu Kurumba are very poor and struggle to make ends meet. A large number of their children drop out of school and take to daily labor early in life because of their family's financial situation. As a result, very few of them are literate. There is also a clear need for medical, social and economic development for this community.


Where Are they Located?

The Jennu Kurumba are spread out mainly along the border forests of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. They are also referred to by the names 'Then Kurumba' or 'Kattu Naikar.' Most of them work as daily laborers for landlords in plantations in the region. Being a close-knit community, they rarely mingle with other neighboring tribal communities. The consequences of doing so are severe. If any Jennu Kurumba becomes friendly with an outsider, he will be expelled from his community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They were exposed to the Christian faith almost a century ago, but no visible results are seen now. To them, Christianity is a foreign religion and below their standards, as Christians eat beef. The missionary family has been trying to make contact with the Jennu Kurumba for quite some time, but they still do not have entry into the community. Christian workers are needed for contextualized presentation of the gospel. The Jennu Kurumbas speak a distinct language and research has shown that there is need for translating the Scriptures. The Word of God, given in their language, can better communicate the gospel message. They could then understand the love of God and enjoy freedom from fear and suspicion.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Jenu Kuruba in India.

* God to open doors for the Jennu Kurumba to welcome Jesus into their community.
* The missionary family to be encouraged and be a key means for the Jennu Kurumba to come to faith in Jesus.
* Wisdom, grace and empowering from above for the newly assigned Scripture translation team


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Jenu Kuruba
People Name in Country Jenu Kuruba
World Population 47,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kattu Naiakan, Kattu Naichan, Kattunaikan, Kuluvan, Kuruba. Jenu, जेनू कुरुबा
People ID 18778
ROP3 Code 112348
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Karnataka
36,000
Tamil Nadu
11,000
Andhra Pradesh
60
Kerala
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Karnataka 36,000
  Tamil Nadu 11,000
  Andhra Pradesh 60
  Kerala 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kurumba, Jennu (35,000 speakers)
Language Code xuj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Kannada
5,300
Tamil
4,400
Telugu
1,700
Malayalam
200
Marathi
60
Kodava
20
Tulu
20
Primary Language Kurumba, Jennu (35,000 speakers)
Language Code xuj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 5,300
  Tamil 4,400
  Telugu 1,700
  Malayalam 200
  Marathi 60
  Kodava 20
  Tulu 20
People Groups Speaking Kurumba, Jennu

Primary Language:  Kurumba, Jennu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kurumba, Jennu
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.85 %
Islam
0.07 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.03 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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