When France abolished slavery in 1848, they found that their Caribbean colonies would lack an adequate work force. They tried to recruit indentured servants from their colonies in India, but found that there were still not enough people. Next they tried to work with their archrivals, the British, to get the laborers they needed from India. Negotiations went on for years, and the few laborers they recruited from British controlled India often died in the unsafe climate and dismal working conditions. The British soon stopped allowing Indian indentured servants to be sent to French Guiana.
French Guiana is a country on the far northern portion of South America.
There are very few descendants of these people who worked on French-owned plantations. Those who are there today are probably involved with fishing and forestry, two key industries in French Guiana.
A little over half of them are Hindu, and about 20 percent are Christian.
The Hindi Sarnami people in French Guiana need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus.
* There are Christian resources in the Sarnami Hindustani language. 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 South America.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Sarnami Hindi|
|People Name in Country||Sarnami Hindi|
|Population in French Guiana||11,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Awadhi, Caribbean Hindi, Caribbean Hindi Speakers, Carribean Hindi, East Indian, East Indian Hindi, Hindi|
|Primary Language||Hindustani, Sarnami (11,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||hns Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Hindustani, Sarnami|
Primary Language: Hindustani, Sarnami
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1997-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Hindustani, Sarnami|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Parmeswar ke naawa poestak|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|