These people are well known for their tradition of merantau (going to distant areas to seek success). Many of them have moved to other islands in Indonesia. In the 1800s, the Dutch took advantage of a conflict between the Minangkabau cultural guardians and Muslim leaders and intervened to gain control of the area. Islam was used as a rallying point in the struggle against the Dutch and resulted in Islam being incorporated into Minangkabau traditions.
The Minangkabau are a very large people group with very few Christian believers. Challenges are many with such a ratio.
Individuals living outside their original home area are often somewhat open to new perspectives. Perhaps workers can seek out such individuals for purposes of sharing the love of Jesus with them.
Pray the few believers among the Minangkabau will become firmly established in the faith, understanding and believing the good news of grace found in Jesus Christ. Pray they will tactfully share this faith with family and friends.
Pray for improved educational opportunities for the children of the Minangkabau.
"Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You." Psalm 67:3