Alas of Indonesia

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Alas of Indonesia

The majority of the Alas people live in villages and make their living from farming and raising livestock. The Alas area is considered the lumbung padi (rice storehouse) of the Aceh area. The culture of the Alas emphasizes two types of law. The first type consists of religious laws that are given by God and cannot be changed. The second type consists of traditional laws, which include rules that have been made by the leaders of the community. Generally, the Alas people are followers of Islam, but they still seek the assistance of a dukun (shaman/healer/occultist). They perform ceremonies so that their crops will prosper.

Ministry Obstacles

The Alas reside in Aceh province, an area with a long history of resistance to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Outreach Ideas

Much prayer is needed for the Alas people. Prayer to prepare their hearts to understand and believe, and prayer for workers.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray for the few Christian believers among the Alas people. They need outside prayer support. Pray they will not waver in their commitment to Christ, and will be able to encourage each other.

Pray for the entire people group

Educational and economic development are greatly needed by the Alas. Southeast Aceh has great potential for tourism, agriculture and mining, but it has not yet been tapped.

Scripture Focus

"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14

People Name: Alas
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 89,000
World Population: 89,000
Language: Batak Alas-Kluet
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: None
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image