Sathwara in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The primary language of the Sathwara is Sindhi. Many of their men also speak Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Many resources exist in Sindhi including a whole Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. Sathwara live in Gujarati, a state of west central India. A much smaller population resides in southeast Pakistan. During the Partition of India in 1947, many Muslims left India to live in Pakistan while many Hindus fled Pakistan for India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Sathwara people work in farming, construction and in urban occupations. Many of their young people are leaving the rural villages looking for a better life in the cities. Educated Sathwara hold jobs in medicine, science, universities, and business. Sathwara with college degrees speak English which is an asset in international trade.
The Sathwara choose marriage partners from within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Rural Sathwara tend to have large families. Sons inherit property and take care of elderly parents. Village elders make judicial decisions and deal with outsiders.
Some rural Sathwara lack access to modern medicine. As a result, life expectancy is low and child mortality is high for rural Sathwara.
The Sathwara are divided into vegetarian and non-vegetarians. The non-vegetarians do not eat beef because of their Hindu faith and pork as to not offend their Muslims neighbors. Their diet consists mostly of rice, curries, lentils, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sathwara people are Hindus. Hinduism is the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Rural Sathwara need access to modern medicine.
All Sathwars need the truth of the gospel to be communicated to them as only God's Holy Spirit can communicate.


Prayer Points

Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Sathwara community in India and Pakistan.
Pray for many believers to be prompted to faithfully pray for Sathwara people.
Pray that Sathwara people will see past their respective traditional Hindu worship and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's word.
Ask God to send workers to the Pakistani Sathwara.


Scripture Prayers for the Sathwara in Pakistan.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sathwara


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sathwara
People Name in Country Sathwara
Population this Country 1,700
Population all Countries 83,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dalwadi; Kadia; सात्वारा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18039
ROP3 Code 113534
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 1,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
600
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 600
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sindhi
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more