Sikhism is the 5th largest organized religious faith in the world. While originating in the Punjab of India, it claims 20-30 million followers worldwide. As a monotheistic faith, it was shaped by a series of gurus until passing the authority onto Sikh scriptures. The men are often recognized wearing turbans, and Sikhs believe in one creator, equality, freedom of religion, and community service.
North America is home to as many as a million Sikhs, mostly concentrated in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York City. However, Dallas-Ft. Worth hosts up to 40,000 Sikhs. They are mostly concentrated in Irving, considered the most internationally diverse are of the DFW metroplex, and pockets of Sikhs can also be found in North Dallas suburbs.
Potential disciple-makers who have a heart for engaging unreached peoples – and specifically Sikhs – may look to the DFW Metroplex. The metro area continues to grow rapidly and increase in global diversity, and it is home to a large Punjabi community.
Punjabis and Sikh communities in the U. S. are usually urban. They work in professional jobs, and hotel businesses like most other South Asian people in the U. S. Others have excelled as mechanics, construction workers, and business professionals. Punjabis have found work in retail and trade, particularly through small family businesses. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs. For a special treat, go to a Sikh-owned restaurant in November when they celebrate Guru Nanak’s birthday.
Pray that the Punjabi Sikhs will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the love and life-changing power of Jesus Christ. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a disciple-making movement among them to begin this decade.
Bud Houston says
Have you looked at UPGNorthAmerica.com? It’s an organizational-neutral website that seeks to Identify, highlight, and prioritize the most significant unreached people group communities in North America.
Increase people who “see” these unreached people group communities.
Increase focused prayer for them.
Increase the number of committed, encouraged, and equipped laborers among all significant unreached people group communities in the United States and Canada.
It includes a virtual prayerwalk for UPG communities in cities across North America.
I believe this resource would be a great tool for your listeners.