Sarki in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

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.


Where Are they Located?

There are small numbers of Sarki people in Bangladesh, India and Bhutan. A larger number of them live in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

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.


Prayer Points

* 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.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2013/11/22
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarki_(ethnic_group)
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Sarki-People-in-Nepal/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sarki
People Name in Country Sarki
World Population 382,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chamar; Cobbier; Karighar; Karikar; Mistri; Sarkar; Tapa; Tapoli; Thapa; सर्की
People ID 18035
ROP3 Code 113530
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Khulna
700
Sylhet
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Khulna 700
  Sylhet 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (600 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
90
Primary Language Nepali (600 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 90
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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.