Mappila in India

Unreached of the Day  9/03/2021

Mappila in India

pronounced: MAH-pee-lah

The Mappila people attribute their conversion to the work of an Arab missionary. These Muslim communities resulted from the unions of Arab sailors and merchants with local women. Mappila people live in both India's southwestern Kerala state and the Laccadive Islands just to the west of that state. They speak Malayalam, the language of Kerala.

Ministry Obstacles

Muslim communities strongly discourage their people from following Jesus Christ, unless believers reach their leaders first.

Outreach Ideas

Kerala is about 20 percent Christian, and they have strong mission agencies like India Gospel Outreach. Believers who already speak Malayalam could be sent to the Mappila.

Scripture Focus

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 5:3

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group to recognize their own spiritual bankruptcy and come to Christ for the riches of His forgiveness.

Prayer Focus

Pray that Mappila believers will be sensitive as they share what Jesus can do for a community. * Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus. * Pray for the Lord to bless families among the Mappila people with His presence and mercy. * Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Mappila people.

People Name Mappila
Country India
10/40 Window Yes
Population 8,761,000
World Population 8,772,000
Language Malayalam
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image