Sarnami Hindi in French Guiana

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Introduction / History

When France abolished slavery in 1848, they found that their Caribbean colonies would lack an adequate work force. They tried to recruit indentured servants from their colonies in India, but found that there were still not enough people. Next they tried to work with their archrivals, the British, to get the laborers they needed from India. Negotiations went on for years, and the few laborers they recruited from British controlled India often died in the unsafe climate and dismal working conditions. The British soon stopped allowing Indian indentured servants to be sent to French Guiana.

Where Are they Located?

French Guiana is a country on the far northern portion of South America.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are very few descendants of these people who worked on French-owned plantations. Those who are there today are probably involved with fishing and forestry, two key industries in French Guiana.

What Are Their Beliefs?

A little over half of them are Hindu, and about 20 percent are Christian.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hindi Sarnami people in French Guiana need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sarnami Hindi in French Guiana.

* Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead them to Jesus.
* There are Christian resources in the Sarnami Hindustani language. Pray that the Hindi Sarnami people will eagerly listen to them and be drawn to the Lord.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Hindi Sarnami people in the South America.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sarnami Hindi
People Name in Country Sarnami Hindi
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 1,168,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Awadhi; Caribbean Hindi; Caribbean Hindi Speakers; Carribean Hindi; East Indian; East Indian Hindi; Hindi
People ID 14771
ROP3 Code 108730

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Primary Language Hindustani, Sarnami (12,000 speakers)
Language Code hns   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hindustani, Sarnami (12,000 speakers)
Language Code hns   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindustani, Sarnami

Primary Language:  Hindustani, Sarnami

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1980-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1997-2011)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindustani, Sarnami
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Parmeswar ke naawa poestak
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
60.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
20.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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