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Madura People Group

Madurese Batik Worker

“Madurese Batik Worker” 2011 by Anggoro *

Country:  Indonesia

History:  According to Joshua Project: "E tembang pote matah, angok pote tolang" means "it is better to die than to be humiliated". This is a common Madura sentiment that typifies their nature, a proud and purposeful people, who are known as fierce fighters and very hard workers. They are said to be the most loyal of friends but the fiercest of enemies. The Madura people are renowned for their harsh character and lifestyles. This is probably caused by their natural surroundings and their history of oppression by others, both of which have made life very difficult for them. Nevertheless, their harsh temperament can be seen positively if one examines their work ethic. Most of them work extremely hard and refuse to give up. Neither men nor women shrink from hard work in order to meet basic needs.”

Their Lives:  On the island of Madura most of them are farmers, but they have to supplement their subsistence with fishing and other things.  Some are even sailors and those who are in Java are fishermen, bicycle-taxi drivers, sailors and unskilled laborers.  Their average family income is lower than the Indonesian National average.  Their marriages are arranged by the parents.  Family ties are very close; they consider distant relatives the same as close relatives. 

They are devout Muslims, but they also seek out magic spells that they use in an attempt to control good and evil spirits. 

Population:  7,907,000

Location:  The majority live on the island of Madura and in the eastern part of the island of Java.  They are the third largest people group in Indonesia.

Language:  Madura

Religion:  Islam

Christian %:  0.02 % adherent and 0.01 % evangelical

Scriptures:  The complete Bible has been translated into the Madura language and the Jesus film is also available as well as some other resources.

Missionaries:  There has been no active church-planting in the last two years.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that their leaders and holy men will seek to have a closer relationship with God.

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

  • Pray that Christian workers will go to their villages and live and work among them; loving them as Jesus does.

  • Pray that the Good News will be presented in a way that they will understand it and know that God’s salvation is for them through Jesus.

  • Pray that there will be an indigenous church planted among them.

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license 3.0 Unported

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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