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Sarnami Hindi, East Indian in Netherlands

Sarnami Hindi, East Indian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
144,000 Hindustani, Sarnami Hinduism 3.00 % 0.30 %   

Sarnami Hindi, East Indian in Netherlands

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Introduction / History
This people group originated in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before they were taken to the Dutch colony of Surinam in South America to work on sugar and coffee plantations. After the Dutch lost their colonial holdings in Surinam in 1975, some of the Hindi Sarnami came to the Netherlands. Most settled in the Netherlands during the 1970s and 1980s.

Where are they located?
The Hindi Sarnami people live in the Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam.

What are their lives like?
The Hindi Sarnami people speak their own version of Bhojpuri, a language spoken in northern India. They retained their language throughout the colonial era. Mainly because of language differences, the Hindi Sarnami people do not blend with other Hindu communities in the Netherlands, except for major festivals.

What are their beliefs?
There is no unifying Hindu theology in the Netherlands. Some follow New Age thinking while others are involved with Arya Samaj, a movement that promotes the infallibility of the Hindu Vedas. They celebrate major Hindu festivals like Holi and Diwali.

What are their needs?
The Hindi Sarnami people in the Netherlands need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
* Once a diaspora group is well settled, they are far less receptive than they were when they first arrived. Pray for spiritual receptivity.
* There are a number of Christian resources in Bhojpuri. Pray that the Hindi Sarnami people will eagerly listen to them and be drawn to the Lord.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Hindi Sarnami people in the Netherlands.


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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-04-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-04-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-04-11
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Country: Netherlands
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Sarnami Hindi, East Indian
People Name General: Sarnami Hindi
Alternate People Names:
AwadhiCaribbean Hindi
Caribbean Hindi SpeakersCarribean Hindi
East IndianEast Indian Hindi
ROP3 Code: 108730
Joshua Project People ID: 14771
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 144,000
Population all Countries: 1,158,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia - other
People Name General: Sarnami Hindi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindustani, Sarnami (144,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hns    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism81.00 % 
Islam16.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
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: 1980-1993
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindustani, Sarnami
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Parmeswar ke naawa poestak
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Sarnami Hindi, East Indian in Netherlands

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People Cluster
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      Sarnami Hindi Netherlands    
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      Hinduism     Hindustani, Sarnami  
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