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Bunak People Group

Bunak Man In Indonesia

Photo 2008 by Alexander Whillas *

Country:  Indonesia and East Timor

History:  They are an aboriginal group.  The Portuguese settled on  Timor in the early 1500’s and the Dutch came in 1613.  The Dutch settled in the west and the Portuguese in the East.  East Timor became independent of Indonesia in 2002.  The Bunak people live on both sides.  The coastal inhabitants (mostly Indonesian/Malay decent) have driven the Bunaks to the mountains.  Although most of Indonesia follow Islam and most of East Timor adhere to Catholicism, the Bunaks believe in ancestral worship and until recently were headhunters. 

Their Lives:  They live mostly by doing slash and burn farming.  Each village has a sacred house with a priest.  The surrounding area is considered taboo.  Because of the former warfare isolated houses are surrounded by a stockade.  The family is the center of their culture.  There has been a lot of wars fought on this island.

Population:  89,000 Indonesia, 93,000 East Timor

Location:  Timor Island, central interior

Religion:  Ethnic Religions

Christian %:  5% adherent and .5% evangelical in Indonesia, 30% adherants and 3% evangelical in East Timor. 

Scriptures: No Christian resources available in their own language.

Missionaries:  There are two mission agencies working among them

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the Lord would send more missionaries and live and work among the Bunak.

  • Pray that signs will follow the missionaries and Christians – that the sick will be healed, the blind will see, the lame will walk and the deaf will hear.

  • Pray that the Lord will pour out His Holy Spirit like rain and that salvation and righteousness will spring up.

  • Pray that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Bunak people to receive the Good News and that it will take root in their hearts and bring forth fruit.

  • Pray that the Bunak people will be drawn to the Lord and that they will seek after Him.

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

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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"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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