People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Malayali of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 227,955

ROP3 Code: 112836
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Malayali
Language: Malayalam - (mal)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: India

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 100,000

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 11,740

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 10,000

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 6,925

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 2,500

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Brief Profile

The Malayali people originated from the Indian state of Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. The majority of Malayali people adhere to Hinduism and should not be confused with the Kerala people, who are predominantly Coptic Christians. There also is a smaller percentage of Malayali who adhere to Islam.

As do the Kerala people, they speak the Malayalam language as their mother tongue.

Historically in India, they have a history of being immigrants to the Kerala state from various parts of the world, as well as a unique sub-culture owing to the tropical environment of the state. The majority serve in medical services and other professional roles.

A large number of Malayalis have emigrated claiming Malayalam heritage which also includes those who are Hindu and Muslim.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for churches to develop intentional church planting strategies specifically focusing on the Malayali Hindu speakers.
  • Pray for Christians that live and work among Malayali to begin loving friendships with them.
  • Pray against the spiritual principalities and powers that have kept the Malayali bound for many generations.
  • Pray God will work in the hearts and minds via dreams and other means of Malayali Hindu people.

People Group Resources

Hindu Gospel Storying Set
Back translation of the Bible studies developed for those with a Hindi-speaking and Hindu worldview.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Hinduism Beliefs
A belief bulletin by North American Mission Board on Hinduism.

Other Resources

Foundations for Teaching the Bible
Scripture lessons to help new believers from Hindu backgrounds examine their worldview.

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Malayalam
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesRidgewoodNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ100,000
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON11,740
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL10,000
United StatesFort WorthDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX6,925
United StatesHouston, Pearland, WoodlandsHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX2,500
United StatesGreenvilleGreenville-Anderson-MauldinSC500
United StatesJefferson CityJefferson CityMO12