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.
Scripture Prayers for the East Indian in Suriname.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||East Indian|
|People Name in Country||East Indian|
|Population this Country||170,000|
|Population all Countries||1,272,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Awadhi; Caribbean Hindi; Caribbean Hindi Speakers; Carribean Hindi; East Indian; East Indian Hindi; Hindi|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Saramacca district: north coast. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Hindustani, Sarnami (170,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||hns Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Hindustani, Sarnami
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1997-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Hindustani, Sarnami|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Mobile App||Bible app direct APK download|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Hindustani, Sarnami|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 24.02 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|