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.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource 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
People Name General Sarnami Hindi
People Name in Country Sarnami Hindi, East Indian
Population in Netherlands 144,000
World Population 1,121,600
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Awadhi, Caribbean Hindi, Caribbean Hindi Speakers, Carribean Hindi, East Indian, East Indian Hindi, Hindi
People ID 14771
ROP3 Code 108730

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Hindustani, Sarnami (144,000 speakers)
Language Code hns   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindustani, Sarnami
Primary Language Hindustani, Sarnami (144,000 speakers)
Language Code hns   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindustani, Sarnami

Primary Language:  Hindustani, Sarnami

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1980-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1997-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
81.00 %
16.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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