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 cane and coffee plantations. After the Dutch lost their colonial holdings in Surinam in 1975, some of the Hindi Sarnami came to the Netherlands, though others stayed in Surinam.
Surinam is a small nation in the northern part of South America.
Aluminum production is the key industry in Surinam. Oil, lumber, and agriculture make up other parts of Surinam's economy. The Hindi Sarnami people are most likely involved with these industries.
The Hindi Sarnami people speak their own version of Bhojpuri, a language spoken in northern India. Their language changed quite a bit as time went on and words were borrowed from Dutch and local languages. But there are Christian resources in their language.
About half of the Hindi Sarnami speakers in Surinam are Christians of some sort.
The Hindi Sarnami people in the Surinam need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to having a devoted relationship with Jesus Christ.
* Pray for spiritual receptivity among this largely Christianized people.
* Pray that the Hindi Sarnami people will eagerly read the Bible and view the JESUS Film in a language they can understand.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Hindi Sarnami people in Surinam.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Sarnami Hindi|
|People Name in Country||Sarnami Hindi, Carribean Hindi|
|Population in Suriname||138,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Awadhi, Caribbean Hindi, Caribbean Hindi Speakers, Carribean Hindi, East Indian, East Indian Hindi, Hindi|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Saramacca district: north coast. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Hindustani, Sarnami (138,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||hns Ethnologue Listing|
|Primary Dialect||Trinidad Bhojpuri|
|Dialect Code||10639 Global Recordings 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: Parmeswar ke naawa poestak|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 15.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|