The primary source of income among the Makassar is rice farming; however, they are also well known throughout Indonesia for their skill in trading. Polygamy is accepted; however, it is only practiced among the wealthy since a separate house must be provided for each wife. Siri (respect and honor) is the social code by which the Makassar live. Anyone seriously offending another person's siri runs the risk of being killed and the external authorities will often refuse to become involved. The Makassar people are almost all Muslims, nevertheless traditional beliefs are still influential, especially in the remote areas.
To follow Jesus among the Makasar is likely to upset community harmony, and to risk becoming an outsider.
Perhaps mature Christian believers in other Indonesian tribes will become burdened for their Makasar neighbors. Pray they will act in response to the prompting of the Lord's Spirit, out of love as well as duty.
Pray the faith of the few followers of Christ among the Makasar people will be strengthened. Pray they will grow in their knowledge of Christ, and that their love for each other will also grow. Pray they will be excellent witnesses to the goodness of Christ to family and friends.
At this time the Makassar people need training to increase their agricultural production. Medical personnel and nutritional information are also needed, because the Makassar people in rural areas still suffer from poor nutrition. Pray for these needs to be met.
"The people who walk in darkness, will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them." Isaiah 9:2