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.
The Hindi Sarnami people live in the Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam.
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.
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.
The Hindi Sarnami people in the Netherlands need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
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|People Name General||Sarnami Hindi|
|People Name in Country||Sarnami Hindi, East Indian|
|Population in Netherlands||144,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3 to 4|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Awadhi, Caribbean Hindi, Caribbean Hindi Speakers, Carribean Hindi, East Indian, East Indian Hindi, Hindi|
|Primary Language||Hindustani, Sarnami (144,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||hns Ethnologue Listing|
|Language 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 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|