A village of Keinci is called a dusun and is inhabited by one clan that has descended from one common female ancestor. A mother's clan is called the kelbu. This kelbu is considered the most important family unit. Islam is the majority religion of the Kerinci, but they still hold to animism, especially as it is exhibited by their use of traditional healers and magic. In their everyday life they often refer to tataman (meeting ghosts), tatampo (being hit by ghosts), and tapijek anaok antau (being stepped on by ghosts).
Following Jesus can bring fear of upsetting the spirits, as well as upsetting the community.
Christians need to minister to the physical and material needs of the Kerinci, building bridges of trust.
There are few Christian believers among the Kerinci community today. Pray for these few, and pray for the additional believers that will soon join them. Pray they will faithfully fellowship together, and will grow in understanding and applying the truth of Scripture.
This group is quite fortunate to live in a fertile area. But they need to increase their use of appropriate technology to improve their farming and rain-forest productivity.
"And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3