Telugu-speaking South Asian in United States

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


Many of India's states are named after a particular language, and Telegana is home of most of India's Telegu speakers. Broadly speaking Indian languages are divided into the northern Aryan and the southern Dravidian branches. Telegu is a Dravidian language.

In the United States, South Asian communities jokingly call themselves "desis," and old religious and communal animosities are put aside in this foreign land. They use English as their common language in South Asia and in the US.

But each language group likes to have their own associations where they can speak the language of their hearts. For this reason, there are Telugu associations throughout the United States. Most of the Telegu speakers, or other South Asians for that matter, are from professional backgrounds. Many own businesses or practice medicine.

Ministry Obstacles

South Asian Hindus are a minority in the United States, so their religion is a means to maintaining their culture. They are already losing much of their cultural uniqueness by speaking English. Hinduism is a means to maintaining their cultural identity.

Outreach Ideas

It will take believers who are willing to learn about Hindu cultures and appreciate them before they approach Telegu speaking people with the gospel. Some "desi" groups like Tamil speakers already have fellowships of strong believers. Someone will have to find ways for Telegu speakers to follow Jesus without feeling like they are abandoning what is left of their culture.

Prayer Focus

Those who follow Christ in India tend to be from "backward" (lower, less powerful) caste backgrounds. Forward (higher, more powerful) caste members are the ones who have the opportunity to move to Western countries like the United States. For this reason, there are very few believers among the Telegu speakers in the West. Pray for a breakthrough among forward caste Telegu speaking Hindus both in India and in the West. * Pray for a T4T (Training For Teachers) movement to penetrate forward caste Telegu speaking people in the United States that will affect their communities in India.
* Pray for the kingdom of God to penetrate hearts of Telegu speakers

Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Telugu-speaking in United States.

Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-07-27
People Name General South Asian, Telugu-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Telugu-speaking
Natural Name Telugu-speaking South Asian
Pronunciation TEH-leh-goo
Population this Country 422,000
Population all Countries 1,145,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Andhra; Telegu; Tolangan
People ID 15324
ROP3 Code 109930
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Substantial number in Los Angeles area   Source:  Joshua Project
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Substantial number in Los Angeles area.   Source:  Joshua Project

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Primary Language Telugu (422,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (422,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's 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 LUMO film of Gospels
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 Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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