Sunda of Indonesia

 

The Sunda are the largest unreached people group in Indonesia; they number over 36 million. They primarily live in West Java which they call “Sunda Land”. Originally many of the Sunda were farmers and harvested rice and tea. Currently, the Sunda hold many influential positions in government and own businesses. The Sunda are known for being friendly and place much importance on friendliness and openness. Sundanese culture is based on pursuit of Sunda character which is comprised of cageur (health), bageur (good), beneur (right), singeur (introspective), pinteur (intelligent). In Sunda communities there are three figures of authority: Muslim, religious leaders, local government officials, and shamans considered tohave supernatural abilities. The majority of the Sundanese are devout Muslims but also practice ancient traditional Sunda customs.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

There are very few believers among the Sunda but there is growth, During a Christmas service at a church in West Java over 600 children attended. The children were able to hear the story of Jesus for the first time and were also able to share in gifts, food, and much fun with believers in West Java.

Pray for the Sunda children that they may be the first generation to know Jesus as their savior. 

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

The Assemblies of God in Indonesia is focusing on planting hundreds of new churches. There are many believers who have been burdened by the need for there to be Ministry to Muslims.

Pray for these believers, that they may persevere and grow in wisdom and discernment as they reach out to their communities.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Entrepreneurs: The Sunda originally worked as farmers but many have now shifted to owning a business. Training and development for small to medium-sized businesses are greatly needed.

 Readers, Writers, and Speakers: Teachers are needed to creatively teach Bible lessons and physically live out what they are teaching among the Sunda.

Problem Solvers: There is a high poverty rate among the inhabitants of West Java. There is a need for agricultural training and investment.

Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.

Austin JacobsSunda of Indonesia