The Father of modern missions, William Carey, was a cobbler, or shoe repairman. He might have come across members of the Sarki people in India, who make and repair shoes. In the Hindu worldview, working with leather, means working with "dead" material, which is very demeaning. To make matters worse, shoes also involve the bottom of the feet, considered by Hindus to be the most disgusting part of the body. For this reason, the Sarki people are among the least prestigious people in the Hindu world.
There are small numbers of Sarki people in Bangladesh, India and Bhutan. A larger number of them live in Nepal.
The traditional and primary occupation of the Sarki was shoe-making, but nowadays only a few among them are occupied as leather-workers or cobblers (i.e., shoe repairers). This means that they are in a desperate situation to learn new trades so they can make an honest living. Some of their women have been trafficked.
These Hindus have family deities and a village deity. Some of their deities are Santala Devi, Maidevta and Dat Kali. Their witchdoctor is called lama or jhankri.
The Sarki people need training as the modern world offers few jobs in shoe-making. More than that, they need protection for their women who are vulnerable to human trafficking.
* Scripture Prayers for the Sarki in Bangladesh.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Hindu Sarki people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Sarki people would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Sarki families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Sarki people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Sarki people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Sarki|
|People Name in Country||Sarki|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Chamar, Cobbier, Karighar, Karikar, Mistri, Sarkar, Tapa, Tapoli, Thapa, सर्की|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||48 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Nepali (600 speakers)|
|Language Code||npi Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Nepali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1821-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Nepali|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||New Way (Naya Goreto)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||Until We Met|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: नेपाली - Nepali|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Photo Source||Copyrighted © 2019 Anonymous All rights reserved. Used with permission|
|Map Source||People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project|
|Profile Source||Keith Carey|
|Data Sources||Data is compiled from various sources. Read more|
|* Religion Values||From latest Bangladesh census data. Current values may differ.|