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This article was published in On Mission
Project of Harvard University lists nearly 700 places of worship for Hindus in
the United States today.13
Most of these temples have been built since 1990. The Asian-Indian population
has doubled every 10 years since 1970. Today, there are some 1.9 million
Asian-Indians in the United States.14
In Canada, 917,075 people identified themselves as South Asians in the 2001
census a growth of 37 percent since 1996.15
A majority of Asian-Indians are Hindus.
Although India is the birthplace of several religions (Hinduism, Buddhism,
Sikhism, Jainism), the majority of Indians are Hindu. Hinduism is more a way of
life than a religion. According to Hinduism, there is one god who has
manifested himself in millions of gods and goddesses. Since no one can possibly
remember all of them, most Hindus pick and choose what they want to believe or
Start by finding out a little about Hinduism and the major differences it has
with Christianity. There are several good resources available. (If you want a
quick guide, you can see the authors book Reaching the World in Our Own
Backyard. Or visit www.namb.net/beliefbulletins.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN INTERACTING WITH AN ASIAN-INDIAN
You will be able to build a bridge quickly if you know just a few words in
Good Morning-- nah-mus-tay
How are you?-- ahp kai-say ho?
I am fine may-- theek hoo
Thank you-- dhaan-yah-bahd
TOP STATES WITH ASIAN-INDIANS (2000)
1. California (314,819)
2. New York (251,724)
3. New Jersey (169,180)
4. Texas (129,365)
5. Illinois (124,723)Source: Embassy of India, Washington, DC
Colossians 4:5 exhorts us, Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders;
make the most of every opportunity (NIV). With the growing numbers of
internationals in our midst, opportunities are everywhere. You can become a
missionary to the nations without even leaving your zip code! Pray that
internationals will know that true fulfillment and joy can be found only in
Jesus. Pray also for the numerous on mission churches and Christians who are
trying to reach them.
13. Source: www.pluralism.org
14. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
15. Source: Statistics Canada (www.statcan.ca)
16. TIME, The Golden Diaspora, June 19, 2000, p.B26.
Rajendra Pillai, originally from Calcutta, India, speaks on crosscultural
issues across the continent. He is the author of Reaching the World in Our Own
Backyard (WaterBrook Press, 2003) and lives in Damascus, Maryland.
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