Sumbawa in Indonesia

Unreached of the Day  2/18/2018

Sumbawa in Indonesia

The Sumbawa (or Samawa) people group live on the island of Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara Province, and are mostly farmers. They are Muslim, but many Sumbawa professing Islam still rely on the advice and help of shamans, especially in times of crisis. They also believe in various spirits and genies, such as samar and bakek.

Ministry Obstacles

The Sumbawa worldview (Islam/Animism) makes it difficult for them to place their faith in the Son of God, Emmanuel.

Outreach Ideas

Indonesian Christians on adjacent islands may bring the Gospel message to the Sumbawa. Pray they will be given a desire to do this.

Pray for the followers of Christ

There are a few believers among the Sumbawa. Pray they will be properly instructed in the faith, and that they may stand firm and hold to the teachings of Scripture.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray the Sumbawa will find improved markets for their agricultural products.

Scripture Focus

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7



People Name Sumbawa
Country Indonesia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 444,000
World Population 444,000
Language Sumbawa
Primary Religion Islam
Bible None
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image