Tarkhan, Sikh in India






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The Sikhs

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Introduction / History

As he watched the Tarkhan men laboring over the construction of the new building, Daiwik felt helpless. Though he was skilled with tools, he was not skilled with words. He wondered how he would he tell his family and friends that he had chosen to follow Jesus.

Like every other Sikh, Daiwik had been brought up to believe in reincarnation. Although he hadn't questioned it as a boy, when he reached adulthood, he realized how hopeless reincarnation was. When someone told him about a risen savior providing a way out of the hopelessness, Daiwik listened. The message made sense. He decided to ask God for forgiveness and for the gift of eternal life. He made Jesus his Lord.

But now, faced with telling his father, his brothers, and the friends he had known since childhood, he was fearful. Would they listen to him? Or would they chase him away? Still watching the men work, Daiwik prayed for wisdom. Suddenly he had an idea. He had read in the Bible that Jesus was a carpenter before He began His ministry. Perhaps he could somehow use this fact to introduce his carpenter caste people, the Tarkhans, to Jesus.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the good news to be clearly made known to the Tarkhan people.
* Pray for those who respond to be used by God to tell their friends and families about the salvation available in the carpenter who became the risen Lord and king.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-26
People Name General Tarkhan, Sikh
People Name in Country Tarkhan, Sikh
Population in India 1,096,000
World Population 1,098,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barhi, Bari, Darkhan, Dhaman, Karigar, Kharadi, Khatri, Mistri, Ramgarhia, Ranghadia, Tarkihar, Thirkhan, Tikhan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Tarkhan, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern (1,039,000) Hindi (128,000) Bagri (27,000) Haryanvi (6,700)
Panjabi, Western (3,900) Dogri (2,100) Marwari (1,000) Garhwali (600)
Kumaoni (500) Awadhi (200) Kangri (200) Kashmiri (200)
Shekhawati (200) Gujarati (100) Chhattisgarhi (100) Pahari, Mahasu (90)
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch (40) Bilaspuri (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 1,039,000 Hindi 128,000
Bagri 27,000 Haryanvi 6,700
Panjabi, Western 3,900 Dogri 2,100
Marwari 1,000 Garhwali 600
Kumaoni 500 Awadhi 200
Kangri 200 Kashmiri 200
Shekhawati 200 Gujarati 100
Chhattisgarhi 100 Pahari, Mahasu 90
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch 40 Bilaspuri 30
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Language Film
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-10-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-26

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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