South Asian in Maldives


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

There are some segments of the South Asian diaspora that don't fit into any neat language category. Those we simply call, "South Asians" or "Indo-Pakistanis" since we are referring to people from either India or Pakistan. Sometimes Bangladeshis and Nepalis are lumped in as well since those countries are also in South Asia. The small island chain to India's south, the Maldives, includes some of these people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In today's world, well-educated South Asians travel the world for high-paying jobs. For decades India has produced highly trained techies for jobs that often don't exist in their country. South Asians with these skills take jobs in other parts of the world. There are South Asians who hold desirable positions in banks or work as civil servants. There are also South Asian families who own grocery stores and restaurants. Others have more modest jobs working as cab drivers or farm workers. Though there are special events for South Asians based on their language, they commonly come together as a group, even those who are "generic" South Asians. These gatherings might be cultural or religious. Hinduism is an important part of their culture, and it gives South Asians an identity. South Asians in diaspora often accept one another regardless of religious affiliation. They are not likely, however, to marry across religious or caste lines.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Maldives is a staunchly Muslim country. There is a large Muslim minority among the generic South Asians there, but most are Hindu. Most Hindus in diaspora treat their religion as a means to preserve their culture in a foreign environment. They also look to their gods to help them with their needs in the same way they would in South Asia.


What Are Their Needs?

South Asians in the Maldives, be they Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh, need to hear that Jesus Christ came to save sinful mankind.


Prayer Points

Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching South Asian people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.
Pray for the spiritual lives of these people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Maldives.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Pronunciation AY-zhun
Alternate Names
Population this Country 4,800
Population all Countries 12,179,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
ROP25 Code 307681
ROP25 Name South Asian
Country Maldives
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Maldives
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 18  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
3.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
67.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
8.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Maldives census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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