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Muna People Group

Muna Students

“Muna  Students” 2009 by Albaroni *

Country:  Indonesia

History:  The Muna once belonged to the sultanate of Butung. The sultanate included Butung, Muna, Kabaena, and other small islands. The Sultan of Butung ruled the Muna through a hierarchy of advisors and officials. Local chiefs, who were selected from the families of their predecessors, lived in the capital. In 1910, the Muna came under Dutch rule. Since that time, the peoples of this region have experienced many cultural changes due to Buginese domination and exploitation by the Dutch.

Their Lives:  Muna society is divided into various classes: the Kaoem (upper class nobility), the Wakale (lower class nobility), and the Mardeka (commoners), followed by a class of slaves and their descendants. Each class is entitled to certain privileges, ornaments, clothing, and songs.  The Muna make their living as farmers, with their primary crops being cashews, corn, rice and seaweed. Other crops include sweet potatoes, sugar cane and various kinds of spices. They also  market  products of the jungle such as teak wood and rattan. The island of Muna is divided into village territories. The right to cultivate land is administered by the village council, since the council retains ultimate ownership of all the land. Houses are scattered among the fields and are usually built on piles. They are constructed of plaited grasses and have very high roofs.

When a young Muna couple becomes engaged, the groom's family makes payments to the girl's family. Additional payments are also made at the wedding ceremony. The bride-price depends on the social rank of the groom. Prior to marriage, the young man is also required to work for a certain period of time for his prospective in-laws. These customs have given rise to a high rate of elopement.

Population:  309,000

Location:  They live in the province of Southeast Sulawesi on the larger islands of Muna and the west coast of Buton and the smaller islands of Kadatua, Siompu, Bangkomalape, Tiworo and Telaga.

Language:  Muna,

Religion:  Islam

Christian %:  1.5 % adherent and 0.06 evangelical

Scriptures:  The New Testament has been translated, but the Jesus film is not available yet.

Missionaries:  Initial church planting has started.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that more church planters will go to the Muna and that an indigenous church will be planted.

  • Pray that the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Muna to receive him as Savior and Lord.

  • Pray that the Lord will reveal himself to the Muna.

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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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