Gujarati Creole in Tanzania

Gujarati Creole
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People Name: Gujarati Creole
Country: Tanzania
10/40 Window: No
Population: 84,000
World Population: 86,100
Primary Language: Cutchi-Swahili
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.10 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Most South Asian migrants to Africa came to British colonies like Kenya, just to the north of Tanzania, which was a German colony for a short while. Most of these migrants came either from western India's Gujarat state or from Punjab in India's north. They started by working on railroads, but Gujaratis have a tendency to rise above manual labor. When their contracts ran out, some started their own businesses in Kenya, while others moved south to what is now Tanzania to get a new start.

Gujaratis in South Asia have their own language, but the term Creole indicates a hybrid situation. South Asian Gujarati Creoles are mixed with the White population, and their language has strayed from the original Gujarati.

Where Are they Located?

Gujarati Creoles live in Kenya and Tanzania.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Tanzania is one of the world's poorest nations. Over one million children are orphaned because of AIDS. Most likely the Gujarati Creole population is not as poor as Black African ethnic groups in Tanzania.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Gujarati Creoles in Tanzania are 97 percent Muslim. Operation World reports that the Muslim community is increasingly polarized between moderates and Islamists, the latter pressing for political influence and the establishment of separate Islamist courts. Witchcraft is widespread and permeates both Christianity and Islam.

What Are Their Needs?

Widespread systemic poverty affects the Gujarati Creole people, though some have been able to rise above their circumstances. They need help to establish and maintain schools, medical clinics, drinking water, and sanitation.

Although Scripture and some audio resources are in a language they might speak, they need someone to tell them about Christ. Will it be you, or someone you know?

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Hindu Asians in Kenya and Tanzania to be given an interest in the creator God.
* Pray they will be given faith to believe in God's Son Jesus, and that many will accept the gift of eternal life offered in His name.
* Pray that there will soon be a Disciple-Making movement among the Gujarati Creole people in both Kenya and Tanzania.

Text Source:   Keith Carey