in the san francisco bay area
A few Punjabi Sikhs originally came to San Francisco from the Punjab region of India in the late 19th century seeking economic opportunities and land for farming. Presently, there are about 40,000 Punjabi Sikhs in the San Francisco area, with many of them concentrated in Freemont.
Punjabi Sikhs are generous, community-oriented people. The Sikh Food Pantry in Fremont gives supplies away to anyone in need. During an especially difficult time, a news story highlighted how Sikh volunteers served 400 families in their area.
In San Francisco, Punjabi Sikhs create awareness of the mistreatment they have experienced as religious minorities in an Annual Remembrance March and Freedom Rally. Wearing brightly colored turbans or headscarves, they commemorate the many Sikhs who were killed in a 1984 clash between Sikh separatists and the Indian government and through the anti-Sikh riots that followed.
Local Punjabi Sikh leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area have estimated 40,000 Punjabi Sikhs are in the area. The Indian Consulate in San Francisco once claimed that 25% of Indians in the Bay Area were from the Punjab. Most Indians from the Punjab in the United States are Sikh, perhaps 90%. The American Community Survey 2019 estimated 435,133 Asian Indians lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. Twenty-five percent of that amount is 108,783, so 40,000 is a conversative estimate for the local Sikh population.
The Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area is a Sikh gurdwara in the hills of the East Bay area of San Francisco. Besides offering worship services every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, summer camps are offered for children K-12 to teach them about Sikhism and its history.
Unreached people groups can also be viewed as "hidden" people groups (i.e., they are largely unnoticed and unaffected by the global Body of Christ). In the prayer gallery section below, as well as through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool, you can visualize these hidden people group communities. By doing so, we pray God gives you insight into how to pray through what you see. By scrolling through major points of interest in the prayer gallery section, pray for people you see, and pray that the peace and hope of Jesus will become known to people who frequent these places. Through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool linked at the bottom of the page, you can virtually prayerwalk through the community, praying "on site with insight." You could also take the route and points of interest from that tool and save them to your "Google Maps" to prayerwalk in person. Allow the following three steps to guide your prayers using these tools, and try prayerwalking with another person or small group! God hears the voice of His people, and He responds to our prayers!
Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for His blessings and salvation that is extended to all peoples. Praise and thank Him for appointing the time and boundaries of this people group's presence in North America so that they might seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26). Pray Scriptures that come to mind about His glory being made known among all peoples and nations (e.g., Rev 7:9-10).
Luke 10:2 says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Pray for God's laborers to share Christ's love through hospitality to this people group. Pray for laborers among this community to establish loving relationships and proclaim the gospel. Pray for Christians to emerge from within this people group who will reach their friends and family members.
Most members of unreached people group communities remain unreached because they have failed to hear the gospel in ways they can understand. Others have heard the gospel but have many barriers to overcome before receiving the gospel. Pray that this community will understand the gospel. Pray for God to draw them to Jesus and remove the barriers that keep them from salvation in Christ.
Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area
(El Sobrante, CA)
The Sikh Center is also known as Gurdwara Shahib of El Sobrante and is in the hills of unincorporated El Sobrante, California. Langar, which is a Punjabi term that means collective eating while sitting on the floor, is given daily, free of cost, to all visitors, Sikh or non-Sikh. In January 2000 a gunman opened fire with an assault weapon on temple leader, local teacher, and human rights activist Ajmer Singh Malhi, killing him and seriously injuring another worshipper before being subdued by bystanders.
Visit this page to learn general information about Sikh communities in North America and their religious beliefs. Also, discover resources to help share Jesus with them in their language.
Prayerwalk through some of the main Sikh restaurants, places of worship, and businesses in Toronto using a tool we developed in Google Earth. You could also do a prayerwalk in person using the same points of interest.