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(Oriya) Translation Project: The Gospel as Center


Oriya,  also known as Odyssa, is spoken by over 31 million people in India.  It is one of the 22 official languages of India, spoken mainly in the states of Odyssa (formerly Orissa) and parts of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgahr.
India has a population of over 1.2 billion people. In spite of more than two centuries of missionary work, Christians form under 6% of this population. Hinduism predominates (82%).
Odyssa/Orissa state, situated on the eastern coast of India, has 41 million residents comprising 788 people groups and fewer than 1 million Christians. There is a dire need for evangelism, church planting, and discipling. [Operation World and Joshua Project]

Orissa (Odyssa) is the most hostile place in India for Gospel work. In 2008, Christians in the region of Odyssa were routinely attacked and persecuted for their faith by Hindu extremists. Many were brutally murdered and churches were torn down and burned. Many of these believers have still not received justice from their own government. 


India Population: 1.2 Billion
Oriya Language Speakers: Over 32 Million
Spoken in Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar. Widely spoken in Surat, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai. Prominent speakers in Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai
Religions: Buddhist (83.3%); Christian (3.1%); Evangelicals (1.6%)
Literacy:  73.6%

(Operation World; Joshua Project)


Important aspects of Christianity are in danger of being muddied or lost as relativism takes root in our churches today. What was historically agreed upon is now readily questioned and the very essentials of the Christian faith are in jeopardy. It’s time to reclaim the core of our beliefs.

To that end, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Kevin DeYoung, and other influential leaders have created this volume to defend the traditional gospel and to strengthen the church. The Gospel as Center will help you join in the movement—the movement dedicated to a Scripture-based reformation of ministry practices and the centrality of the gospel—and stand united under the conviction that what holds us together is worth fighting for.

Our Field Partner

Philadelphia Missions, founded 2004, has been reaching the lost, building up the saints, planting churches, equipping pastors and training field workers in some of the most difficult to reach interior areas of India—tribal mountain villages, fishing villages, and unreached Hindu communities. Pastor Chintada has partnered with IO on past Relief Projects to translate and publish key Telugu-language biblical resources needed for India.

Project Details

Total Cost:  $12,000
Resource: The Gospel as Center
Language: Oriya
Format: Softcover Book
Case Quanity: 60 Books


Crossway is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that exists to proclaim the gospel through publishing in order to, by God's grace: Assist individual Christians and the church in growing in knowledge and understanding of the Christian life. 

Philadelphia Missions is a Christian ministry dedicated to furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached people groups of India. This is done by sharing the good news of salvation to those who have not yet come to faith. Our primary task is evangelizing, discipling, and planting churches. In the last seven years, Philadelphia Missions has reached several people groups establishing churches among them. At present there are 27 full-time church planters working together for this cause.