Andhra Pradesh (India)

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Mennonite Churches in Andhra Pradesh, Mennonite Encyclopedia, v. 5, p. 424

Andhra Pradesh, India, is the fifth largest state in India, both in area and population (275,068 sq. km. [106,200 sq. mi.]; 53,549,673 people). Hyderabad is the capital; languages spoken are Telugu and Urdu. Christians make up 5.25 percent of the population. Andhra Pradesh forms the major link between northern and southern parts of India The climate is generally hot and humid. The Krishna and the Godavari are the major river systems in the state. Andhra Pradesh has 23 districts and three distinct regions (coastal, called Andhra; interior called Rayalaseema; and Telengana consisting of the city of Hyderabad)

About 42 million people live in rural settings, and 70 percent of them are engaged directly in agriculture. Andhra Pradesh is the historic land of temples and mosques, which combines age-old traditions of Hindu and Muslim culture.

Mennonite Brethren congregations (40,000 members) are located in five districts of the Rayalaseema and Telengana regions with headquarters in Mahabubnager District. Mennonite Brethren influence is felt throughout the entire state through Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Brethren Medical Centre, and Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute. In the 1980s Mennonite Brethren churches were established at Gangavathy in Karnataka State and at Bombay.


Asservadam, Rampogu S. "The Mennonite Brethren in Andhra Pradesh: A Historical Treatise." PhD thesis, Hyderabad Osmania U., 1980.

Lemuel, Rampogu S. "The Mennonite Brethren Medical Centre, Jadcherla Provides Avenues for Evangelism to Mennonite Brethren Churches of India." MA research project, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, 1977.

Wiebe, Paul D. Christians in Andhra Pradesh: The Mennonites of Mahbubnagar. Bangalore: Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, 1987.

Author(s) Rampogu Sampson Lemuel
Date Published 1989

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