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West Coast Bajau

Bajau Bible Study

"Bajau Bible Study" 2011 by Success Kanayo Uchime *

Country:  Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia

History:  The Bajau have always been sea-faring people; fishing and earning their living  from the sea.  They traditionally live on their boats and in huts built on stilts along the coastal regions throughout the Sulu Islands.  There are Bajau in the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.  They tend to be nomadic, moving from  one coastal area to another.  In the Philippines they are considered the poorest  of the poor and are often moved by the local government in an attempt to relocate them in a better place or sometimes just to clean up an area where they  have been living.  Some Bajau tribes have found a more permanent  location  and some have even moved inland.

Their Lives:  They are non-aggressive people.  They have no weapons and usually flee in boats when they are threatened.  They make their living by selling fish and  other items in the local market and sometimes selling ‘door to door’.  Some  dive for pearls and sell the pearls they find.  They often supplement their family income by begging.  Many of the Bajau children do not attend school because their births have not been registered.  The Philippine government is  helping by trying to get all the children’s births registered.

Location:  They are in the coastal regions of the Philippines; originally living on the Sulu Islands.  There are groups located in Luzon, Cebu, Negros, Bohol, Mindanao and probably other locations as well.  SEAMIST targets all the Bajau  Peoples in the Philippines for prayer.  SEAMIST has a church planting team  working among the Bajau in Negros. 

Population:  115,000 Philippines, 167,000 Indonesia, 12,000 Brunei, 69,000 Malaysia,

Language:  Bajau, Central Sama

Religion: Islam

Christian %:  Adherents: < 5%; Evangelical: listed as 0%, but there are Badjau in Cebu  City that are saved.

Prayer Points:

  • Prayer for the SEAMIST team that works among the Bajau in Negros.

  • Pray that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Bajau to receive the Good News.

  • Pray that the people can stay in one location long enough to be discipled and for their children to be educated.

  • Pray that the Lord will call out more Missionaries to work among the Bajau.

  • Pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to them in visions and dreams.

  • Pray that they will seek to have a closer relationship to God.

  • Pray that they will become ‘fishers of men.’

* Photo © 2011 by Success Uchime, used with permission. 

Who?  What? Where?

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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