Situated along the northwestern shoreline of India, next to the border of Pakistan, is the Indian state of Gujarat.
There are approximately 55 million Gujarati speakers worldwide. Hindu is the main religion and with little witness or opportunity to hear about Jesus, there are very few Christians (estimated at about 0.52%) among the Gujarati.
The language barrier alone prevents the ability to read the Bible and understand what it says. Additionally, Gujarati’s tend to place great importance on protecting their culture, and this belief system makes it difficult to find open hearts to the Gospel.
Gujarat is one of the most industrialized parts of the country. It is also among India’s main producer of tobacco, cotton, and groundnut. Its location at the Arabian Sea has made Gujarat an important maritime state. The port of Kandla, south of the city of Gandhidham, is one of India’s major ports and serves as the chief seaport for western India.