Tamil is a Dravidian language, meaning that it is spoken by the original peoples of southern India. There are a number of Tamil dialects, and it is one of the longest-surviving classical languages of South Asia. Some Tamil inscriptions date as far back as 2500 years.
Most Tamil speakers are either from India's southeastern state of Tamil Nadu or northern Sri Lanka. Some have migrated to other parts of the world including New Zealand, where Tamil speakers have associations in both Auckland and Canterbury.
Tamil speakers are one of the major South Asian peoples that have gone to other parts of the world. However, Tamil speakers are not as likely to be part of the South Asian diaspora as those who speak Punjabi, Gujarati or Bengali.
In India, the majority of Tamil speakers are Hindu, though there are sizeable Muslim and Christian minorities. There are even Tamil pastors and missionaries. In New Zealand, however, all the Tamil speakers are Hindu. Although many are devout Hindus, many simply follow worship practices without a full understanding their Hindu beliefs.
Tamil Indians would state their needs in terms of educational, social and economic opportunities. Like other South Asians, they are looking for better job opportunities in New Zealand than India have to offer.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tamil (Hindu traditions) in New Zealand.
* Pray for spiritual hunger among the South Asian diaspora in New Zealand.
* Pray for Tamil language Bible studies and fellowships to spring up in New Zealand.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up missionaries to Tamil speakers in New Zealand.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Tamil (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Tamil (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||9,800|
|Population all Countries||2,764,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||तमिल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
Primary Language: Tamil
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1715-1998)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||General Ministry Resources|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Finding Peace|
|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 Tamil|
|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 Prophets' Story|
|General||Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|