For hundreds of years there has been trade between Ethiopia and India. Much of this trade began during the Ethiopian-based Axumite Kingdom. Centuries later this connection was reinforced when the Portuguese and later British imperialists brought Indian soldiers to Ethiopia. There were Indians who served as teachers and businessmen, but during the communist era in the 1970s and 1980s, Ethiopia embraced a policy of "Ethiopianization" where teaching and business positions went to the local people. Most of these Indians left during that time.
After communism fell in the early 1990s, Indian teachers and businessmen returned. There are not that many of them, but they are largely Gujarati. They are involved with higher education and engineering. Gujarati own Indian restaurants and shops in Ethiopia. Today the Ethiopians hold the Gujarati and other Indians in high esteem. The majority of the Gujarati are Hindus regardless of their location in the world. The Gujarati diaspora is made up of people from the Brahmin, Kshatriya, and Vaisya castes. Brahmin families usually prefer their members to be IT specialists, medical doctors or high- level businessmen. A high percentage of the Gujarati are from the Kshatriya, the military caste, though they are much more likely to be in the business arena. One of the Vaishya castes, the Banias, are another major sector of the Gujarati diaspora.
Most Gujarati in diaspora serve the great god of mammon but hold to traditional Gujarati Hindu beliefs and practices as well. Those beliefs and practices will differ widely according to details of caste and family background, and some will be deeply concerned and committed related to their traditional ways. Traditional gods and modern gurus compete for attention, with the 19th century-origin Swaminarayan movement continuing to grow and draw Gujarati involvement.
In many countries where there are Gujarati communities, there are no missionary agencies focusing taking Christ to them. The Bible is available in their language, but the Gujarati must see Christianity lived out. There will be obstacles to those who want to take Christ to these highly unreached Hindus. As it stands, there are very few who will dare to take that step.
* Scripture Prayers for the Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani in Ethiopia.
Pray for an intense spiritual hunger among these Hindus that will draw them into the loving arms of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Gujarati in Ethiopia.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to Christ among Gujaratis throughout East Africa and Ethiopia that will result in them experiencing the intense blessings of Christ.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Gujarati|
|People Name in Country||Gujarati, Indo-Pakistani|
|Natural Name||Indo-Pakistani Gujarati|
|Population this Country||3,500|
|Population all Countries||3,367,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bajania; Gujarani; Indo-Pakistani; Karana; Parsi; Shahinshahi; Zarabe; Zardasht; Zarushti|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||36 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
Primary Language: Gujarati
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-1985)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Gujarati|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati|
|Text / Printed Matter||Father's Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 2.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|