Makassar of Indonesia

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Makassar of Indonesia

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.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Jesus among the Makasar is likely to upset community harmony, and to risk becoming an outsider.

Outreach Ideas

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 for the followers of Christ

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.

Pray for the entire people group

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.

Scripture Focus

"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

People Name: Makassar
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,362,000
World Population: 2,362,000
Language: Makasar
Primary Religion: Islam
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image