The Gujarati Indians: Diaspora in Africa
The Gujarati Indians are a complex people group, speaking various dialects and having many cultural distinctions.
Originating in India, today there are significant Gujarati communities in 27 nations. In Africa the largest populations of Gujarati Indians can be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.
Despite being scattered around the world, most Gujarat retain their strong religious and cultural ties. The majority of the Gujarati are Hindus. Hindus worship many gods, some of which are animals. Cows are sacred, but they also revere monkeys, snakes, and other animals. They teach reincarnation (a continual cycle of death and rebirth).
However, approximately 30% have strong Muslim ties. The Gujarati Muslims often despise the Hindus. The Muslims look down upon their worship of millions of gods and are not hesitant to express the prejudices they feel.
WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS?
In many countries where there are Gujarati communities, there are no missionary agencies targeting this people group. As a minority people group in Africa they are pushed to the side and forgotten about simply because they have immigrated from another place.
- Pray that God will give churches wisdom, favour, and strategies for reaching the Gujarati.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Gujarati towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.