The Father of Modern Mission, William Carey, was a cobbler, or shoe repairman. He might have come across members of the Sarki people, 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, the most disgusting part of the body. For this reason, the Sarki people are among the least prestigious people in the Hindu world. A few of them have moved to Buddhist Bhutan where they are not limited by Hindu thinking.
The Sarki people live in India's state of West Bengal and a couple of India's northeastern states. Many live in Nepal. A few live in Bhutan where as Hindus they are a religious minority.
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. This means that they are in a desperate situation to learn new trades so they can make an honest living.
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.
* Pray for the Lord to protect the Sarki people from human trafficking.
* Pray for them to find full employment outside of the dying art of making shoes by hand.
* Pray the Sarki community will hunger to know the creator God and his son who came to give them life more abundantly.
* Pray for believers in South Asia to make the effort to disciple these shoe-makers in the ways of Jesus Christ, resulting in transformed Sarki communities.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Sarki|
|People Name in Country||Sarki|
|Population in Bhutan||1,600|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Chamar, Cobbier, Karighar, Karikar, Mistri, Sarkar, Tapa, Tapoli, Thapa, सर्की|
|Persecution Rank||30 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Nepali (1,600 speakers)|
|Language Code||npi Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Nepali|
Primary Language: Nepali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1821-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||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 (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||Until We Met (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Photo Source||Copyrighted © 2018 Anonymous All rights reserved. Used with permission|
|Map Source||Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl|
|Profile Source||Keith Carey|
|Data Sources||Data is compiled from various sources. Read more|
|* Religion Values||From Bhutan census data. Current values may differ.|