Gujarati in Myanmar (Burma)

Unreached of the Day  9/18/2021

Gujarati in Myanmar (Burma)

There were many Gujarati Hindus in Myanmar starting in 1865 until they were ousted by nationalistic Burmese in 1962. They were called "British colonialists" by irrational Burmese, who harmed their own fragile economy by driving out the business savvy Gujaratis. Today some Gujaratis remain, mostly in commerce. They speak Gujarati and are Hindu, followers of Krishna, although some are Jains. They are known both for business acumen and honesty; everything is on the basis of one's word and a handshake.

Ministry Obstacles

Obstacles to evangelism and church planting include devotion to Krishna and Jain gods, their stigmatized minority status and wealth. The latter may be the biggest obstacle, given the availability of gospel materials and Scripture in Gujarati. Their honesty, ethics and integrity may make them believe that they do not need forgiveness from God.

Outreach Ideas

There is a potential mission force in believers from minority ethnic groups in Myanmar and northeastern India.

Scripture Focus

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?"  Mark 8:36-37

Scripture Prayer

Pray for today’s people group to come to realize that all the spiritual riches of life and true wisdom are found in Jesus Christ alone.

Prayer Focus

Pray that the church in Myanmar would overcome its own nationalism to reach out to the Gujaratis within their communities. Pray the Holy Spirit would lead Christ's ambassadors to "people of peace" who can open Gujarati communities to begin their own movement to Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit would prepare Gujaratis to be open to that witness and to be open to acknowledging their sinfulness before God.

People Name Gujarati
Country Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window Yes
Population 35,000
World Population 3,367,100
Language Gujarati
Primary Religion Hinduism
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image