Palembang in Indonesia

Unreached of the Day  6/13/2019

Palembang in Indonesia

Palembang is the name of a city and a people group. The Palembang people live mostly in Palembang city, but also live in other areas. A typical Palembang house is designed in a distinctive pyramid shape. Most of their houses are raised, standing above water or land. A child is free to draw family lineage by choosing his family or clan name from the father's or the mother's clan. Other traditions are also "free". For example, a newlywed couple is free to live wherever they want. Although Islamic commitment is very high, the role of the shaman is still prominent in many areas of life. For example, if something is lost or someone is sick, a shaman is usually consulted first.

Ministry Obstacles

The Palembang is a very large people group, and has a long history of strong commitment to Islam.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray the very few followers of Jesus among the Palembang will grow in maturity and numbers, such that they will be able to take the good news of Christ to all their own tribe. They will need help from Christians outside the tribe, since the task is large.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Please pray the few followers of Jesus among the Palembang will learn to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances.

Pray for the entire people group

Because of their dependence on rice as their livelihood, the Palembang people need irrigation technology so they can make use of the river water for irrigating their rice farms in order to have two or even three harvests a year.

Scripture Focus

"For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations ... says the Lord of hosts." Malachi 1:11



People Name Palembang
Pronunciation:pahlem-BAHNG
Country Indonesia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 3,391,000
World Population 3,402,000
Language Musi
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