America (and California in particular) is home to many Punjabi immigrants who are members of the Sikh religion. Sikhs are not Hindus, and are often mistaken for Muslims because of their turbans and beards. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion which was founded in the 15th century in the Punjab region of India, and it is currently the 5th largest religion in the world, numbering around 30 million followers–more than all the Jews, Baha’is and Confucianists combined!
You have probably seen Punjabi people in your communities. If you are so fortunate, you have tasted their food (spicy and yummy!)
They live next door to us… yet as a people group, they remained unreached (~1% Christian).
As we mentioned in a previous update, two churches in California have committed to reaching the huge Punjabi community in their city. The first step in reaching those nearly 40,000 Punjabi Sikhs is to build genuine relationships, to learn their language, and to understand them at a deep, heart-and-worldview level. The goal is to develop real, long-term relationships; not just “being-friendly-so-I-can-preach-at-you” relationships.
Bill just returned from a follow-up trip to Central California where he and another consultant met with one of those churches to help them identify the most strategic neighborhoods and strategies, and to determine which of the many dialects of Punjabi would be the most effective for sharing about Christ.
Join the Team Through Prayer
Would you pray for the Punjabis to come to Christ? Pray also for those who face the challenge of learning the Punjabi language and building cross-cultural relationships.
And pray for Bill as he coaches them in their language learning.
Update on our 100-Day Prayer Challenge
God has been answering prayer and has already blessed us with 4 new monthly financial partners, and a generous outpouring of one-time gifts! Some friends graciously offered to cover much of our deficit while we are in this interim period of waiting on God. Many have assured us of their prayers, and some advocates are going to connect us with new churches. We are humbled, encouraged and thankful. 86 Days to go… Please keep praying!
Because everyone deserves to hear in their Heart Language.
Photos from Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike Unported license: Yann (Punjabi man, 3.0 Unported license) and Raminder pal Singh (Punjabi woman, 2.0 Generic license.)