The Mandailing strongly identify themselves with the Islamic religion. This is a distinct departure from other Batak people groups which are predominantly Christian. The Mandailing constantly have to explain the fact that they are Muslims, since most Indonesians believe that all Batak peoples are Christian. The Mandailing people's religion in ancient times was a mixture of Hindu beliefs and a local traditional religion called Parmalin. Almost all Mandailing have been Muslims ever since Minangkabau Muslims forcibly introduced Islam. Many of their traditions have been adapted to Islam. Children and land are viewed as sources of personal pride by the Mandailing that cause one to receive status and respect.
No scripture or other Christian resources are reported in the language of these people. And, they live in a strongly Muslim environment.
Please pray for prayer warriors to be raised up to pray for the Mandailing people, and pray these warriors will persist in prayer until real breakthroughs occur.
"I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath." Psalm 146:2
Pray for the Lord to raise up people from this people group with this kind of dedication to the Lord.
Please pray for the few followers of Christ among the Mandiling, that they will not succumb to pressure to renounce their faith. Pray they will fellowship together, encouraging and instructing each other. The area is rich in natural resources such as zinc, sulfur, limestone, granite, gold, copper, tin, petroleum, and kaolin. There is tremendous potential that should be developed, but investment is needed in order for this to happen.
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|