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Makassar People Group

Makasar Boys From Takalar

“Makasar Boys From Takalar” 2000 *

Country:  Indonesia

History:  The Makassar people are indigenous to Indonesia.  The original political structure was monarchy.  Each area had its own royal family from which there was one ruler.  Treaties determined relationships between regions.  These treaties were not always adhered to.  Territories would often be involved in several treaties at the same time (some representing conflicting status).  The rulers would never admit that they had broken a treaty, only that prevailing circumstances (usually a more powerful ruler) had forced them to enter into a new treaty. 

The Buginese and Makasarese peoples were often in conflict as to which was the dominate kingdom.  This continued until the Dutch came in the 16th century.  The Bugis joined forces with the Dutch, but the Makassar people would not.  Since the Dutch were not interested in governing the people they allowed the high ranking Bugis to handle domestic affairs.  Therefore, the Bugis had high positions and the Makassar had lower positions.  The effects of this remain to this day.

Islam was introduced in 1603 and by 1611 it was firmly established. 

Their Lives:  The Makassar people have stayed mostly in the South Sulawesi region.  Their primary source of income is rice farming, but they are also excellent fishermen and traders.  They are also laborers, small business owners and teachers.  The husband is the head of the household and he does the ‘outside’ work.  All of the household work is up to the women.  Marriages are most often arranged and polygamy is accepted, however they rarely have more than one wife because each wife has to have her own house.  Their lives center around Islam, the Mesqid and holy days.  They also follow ‘siri’ and ‘pesse’ (honor and respect) the same as the Bugis.

Population:  2,195,000

Location:  They live in the southern part of Southwestern Sulawesi also on Selayar and Spermo islands.

Language:  Makassar

Religion:  Islam

Christian %:  <1% Adherent and 0.03% evangelical

Scriptures:  The Bible is being translated and the Jesus film and some other resources are available.

Missionaries:  SEAMIST is working among the Makassar people.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for more workers to bring the Good News.

  • Pray that the SEAMIST Team will have wisdom as they work among the people and that signs and wonders will follow them.

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

  • Pray that an indigenous Makassar church will be planted in South Sulawesi.

Photo © 2000 by Richard Bartz, 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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