Photo 2008 by Alexander Whillas *
Indonesia and East Timor
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.
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.
89,000 Indonesia, 93,000 East Timor
Timor Island, central interior
5% adherent and .5% evangelical in Indonesia, 30%
adherants and 3% evangelical in East Timor.
No Christian resources available in their own language.
Missionaries: There are two mission agencies working among them
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.
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