Banjar in Indonesia

Unreached of the Day  6/01/2021

Banjar in Indonesia

pronounced: bahn-JAR

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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

Much prayer, coupled with ways to serve these people, is needed.

Scripture Focus

I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Ps 143:6

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from today’s people group will thirst for the Lord’s presence.

Prayer Focus

Please pray there will soon be a growing number of Christ-followers among the Bangjara, 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.



People Name Banjar
Pronunciation:bahn-JAR
Country Indonesia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 4,352,000
World Population 4,379,000
Language Banjar
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image