During the time of Jesus, the Sama Sindhi were a Hindu and Buddhist people. A few centuries later, they were first introduced to Islam through conquerors. Their home served as a strategic location in the Caliphate as the "Arabian gateway" into India. Today, Sama Sindhis remain in southeastern Pakistan, the "gate of Islam." The rural Sama Sindhi live like their ancestors as irrigation farmers and livestock herders. They combine the saint worship of Hinduism with Islam, while they also believe in traditional folk spirits. The urban Sama Sindhi live as physicians, lawyers and teachers and they practice traditional Islam.
Because their experience with religious introduction has been through conquest, it is likely they will meet another new teaching with skepticism, if not hostility.
The Sindhi diaspora is significant, with many having settled in the USA and Europe. Encountering them with the love of Jesus and presenting them with clear teachings of his Word in the West may be the best way to bring them Christ. However, most of the Sindhi diaspora are Hindu, though there are Muslims among them that can also be reached.
"Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes." Isaiah 54:2
Use this verse to pray for the Lord to expand His house to include today’s people group.
Pray that the Lord would ignite South Asian believers with missionary zeal for going to the Sindh to show God's forgiveness and salvation. Ask the Father to prepare Sama Sindhi hearts for a mighty church planting movement that will be a beacon of his light in the "gate of Islam."
|People Name||Sama Sindhi|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|