People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Kerala of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 68,000

ROP3 Code: 112271
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Malayali
Language: Malayalam - (mal)
Religion: Christianity - Coptic
Country of Origin: India

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Majority Located Where

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 6,000

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 3,000

  McAllen-Edinburg-Mission-Brownsville, TX - 200

  Knoxville, TN - 100

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Brief Profile

The Kerala people, also sometimes called the Malayali, migrated from the southwest state of Kerala in India. According to a 2012 article, "the number of Kerala migrants living abroad in 2011 was estimated at 2.28 million." ( Of those migrants, it is estimated that 45% are Muslims, 37.5% are Coptic Christians and 17.5% are Hindus. The majority of Muslims migrated to United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Coptic Christians and Hindus migrating to the United States numbering over 68,000 ( Article).

Ancient Christian tradition says that Christianity reached the shores of Kerala in AD 52 with the arrival of Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Saint Thomas Coptic Christians include Syro-Malabar Catholic, Syro-Malankara Catholic, Malankara Orthodox Syrian, Jacobite Syrian, Mar Thoma Syrian, and the Syrian Anglicans. Another large percentage in the United adhere to Hinduism.

Ethno-religiously, they should not be confused with the Malayali people in the United States, who adhere to Hinduism. Whereas, the Kerala people ethno-religiously are Coptic Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will send laborers to work among the Kerala people, sharing a message of God's free grace through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will work in the lives and hearts of Kerala to understand that god's grace is freely given and not based upon good works or merit.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
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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 StatesMissouri CityHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX6,000
United StatesArlingtonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX3,000
United StatesEdinburgMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX200
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN100