Although they are devout Muslims, the Banjar proudly trace their origins to a legendary Hindu kingdom, the Negara Dipa. In 1526, Banjar Prince Samudera accepted Islam and took the name of Sultan Suriansyah as a condition of receiving help from a Jawa army in overthrowing his uncle. The Banjar people do not look positively upon modern methods and technologies, nor do they mix much with other people groups. This isolation has limited the development of education, health care, sanitation, and water purification.
To follow Christ in this strongly Muslim people group is to risk losing so much that is important to a person, including friends, family, social status, and perhaps employment.
Much prayer, coupled with ways to serve these people, is needed.
There may not be a single follower of Jesus among this large people group. Pray there will soon be many, that the Lord is even now preparing hearts to have faith to believe. Pray these new believers will become firmly established, not swayed by every wind of doctrine.
Pray the Banjar community will open up to outsiders, and will benefit by an improved standard of living. Pray for improved health care, clean water and good schools.
"Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen." Psalm 72:18-19