The Minangkabau of Indonesia also known as the Minang, live on the island of Sumatra. Their language has many dialects and they are the fourth largest ethnic group in Indonesia numbering a little over 6.6 million. The Minang are devout followers of Islam and find their identity in their faith; a traditional Minang saying states: “To be Minangkabau is to be Muslim”. Minang culture is matrilineal with possessions being passed on to the women in the family. The Minang are known for their delicious cuisine worldwide and for trading clothing and jewelry.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are very few Minangkabau believers. While young Minang often leave home to seek wealth, they risk being disowned if they leave the Islamic faith. Pray for the few believers to persevere and be strengthened.
Visit Asia Pacific Missions to join the efforts in reaching the Minangkabau of Indonesia.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There is a very strong worship center near the provinces where many Minangkabau live. Pray for the members of this church to be bold in their declaration of the gospel and to lovingly reach the Minangkabau, Padang.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Entrepreneurs: The Minang are usually very successful entrepreneurs working with home industries such as weaving, sewing or knitting. Entrepreneurs are needed to help develop the tourist industry while maintaining ethical and moral standards and also building a bridge for the Minang to come to faith in Jesus.
Readers, Writers, and Speakers: The Minang language has many dialects workers who are willing to live and learn the language are needed to be able to effectively share the gospel among the Minang.
Problem Solvers: While the Minang are open to Westerners and global workers there has not been much progress, more workers are needed and prayer for the Minang to be open to the message of salvation is needed. Pray asking the Holy Spirit to give you creative, Spirit-inspired ideas to reach the Minang.
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