Sunda in Indonesia

The Sunda are the largest Indonesian unreached people group. Almost all Sunda are Muslims. In many areas, Islam is mixed with Sunda traditional customs. The Sunda seek to protect their harmony with the natural world. In the legend of Lutung Kasarung, there is a belief that God incarnated a little of himself in the world in order to protect the life of man. This incarnation is called dewata (gods).

Ministry Obstacles: Following Jesus in a strongly Muslim society invites the loss of much that is important in this life: status, friendships, family, employment, educational opportunities.

Outreach Ideas: Christians can assist the Sunda by helping them to become more productive in farming and livestock production and also with small business development.

Scripture Focus: "I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God." Psalm 84:2

Scripture Prayer: Pray that the Lord will raise up many from this people group who have this kind of heart for being in the presence of the loving Lord.

Prayer Focus: There are only a few followers of Jesus among the very large Sunda community. Pray for them to cling strongly to the truth of Scripture, to be firmly established upon God's character and promises. Pray they will faithfully fellowship together even in spite of opposition. Data from the West Jawa Statistical Department shows a high rate of poverty. Because of this, the Sunda need help and guidance to raise their standard of living. There is a need for agricultural investment and modernization, and in development of small to medium-sized businesses.

 


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