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Punjabi in Fiji


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,300 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 6.00 % 0.50 %   

Punjabi in Fiji

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Introduction / History
The British Raj had a big problem to solve in the 1870s. The Fijian Islands were willing to become part of their empire, but they had to have a stable economy. So Governor Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon came up with a way to make money and finance this new colony. Finances would come from sugar plantations. The governor knew that the Fijians would be incensed if they were suddenly forced to work the plantations, after agreeing to become part of the British Empire. So he decided to bring laborers in from their South Asian colony, India.

South Asian sugar workers started coming to work at the sugar plantations in the 1870s. Sikhs from India's Punjab were relative latecomers. They came to Fiji from 1900-1930. According to one Sikh web site, "The Punjabis have established themselves irreversibly, firmly and successfully in Fiji." It would be unusual to see a Sikh working in the sugar fields today. Some have been elected to Fiji's Parliament, and many now own businesses.

What are their beliefs?
The Diaspora Punjabi reflect the three major religions of their homeland: Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. Most of the Diaspora Punjabi speakers are Sikhs who are mostly atheists.

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that was founded in northern India during the sixteenth century. Its teachings have combined the elements of both Hinduism and Islam in an attempt to find one god who transcends all religious distinctions.

The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, was a man of strong convictions and high morals. Sikhs have been taught to defend the defenseless, thus the sword that they are required to have on their person. Their faith began in part as a rebellion against the inequality of the Hindu caste system. Thus, Sikhs believe in the equality of all humanity. They hope for one God who transcends all religions.

Those who have heard the words of Jesus have been drawn to Him. Since the 1970s, many Sikhs have put their faith in Christ, especially in Canada, and in their homeland, India's fertile Punjab State. But there are few Sikhs who follow Christ in Fiji, largely because there are few missionaries who have gone to them.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to thrust out workers specifically to the Sikhs in Fiji.
Pray for these Sikhs to hear and respond to the Word of God, and turn to Jesus, the God who transcends all "religion."

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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-12
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Country: Fiji
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Punjabi
People Name General: Punjabi
Alternate People Names:
Eastern PunjabiGurmukhi
Mirpur PunjabiPanjabi
ROP3 Code: 108182
Joshua Project People ID: 14483
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 9,300
Population all Countries: 2,161,000
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Punjabi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
Language Code (ISO): pan    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Punjabi
Dialect Code:761
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity6.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism50.00 % 
Islam14.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small30.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1818-1954
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1959-2021
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
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Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Punjabi, Eastern
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Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Punjabi, Eastern
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Punjabi in Fiji

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Australia and Pacific    
      Punjabi Fiji    
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            Punjabi in Fiji          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Punjabi, Eastern  
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