The Madurese people of Indonesia are the 3rd largest people group and are dispersed throughout the different islands which comprise Indonesia. The Madurese are known for their hard work ethic and their loyalty to friends and family. In Madurese culture, long distance relatives are considered close family. Madurese are a very proud and purposeful group; they live by the adage, “It is better to die than to be humiliated”. The Madurese are devout followers of Islam but many seek to “control” spirits through the use of magic.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
There are very few believers among the Madurese. Tourism, technology, and migration have made the gospel more accessible to Madurese people. In 2010 there were no known believers but through evangelistic efforts and prayer, the number has jumped from 0.00% to 0.08% of the population becoming followers of Jesus.
Pray for a church planting movement to begin within the Madurese and for the few Madurese believers to be bold in their proclamation of the gospel.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Efforts to train and teach believers to reach out to their communities have taken place. Pray for the Lord of the harvest … “to send out [more] workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38). There is a great need for workers who are willing to live among the Madurese and learn their language.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Entrepreneurs: The Madurese typically do not have access to education past middle school. Education and job training are greatly needed due to the economic growth and spreading industrialization in Indonesia.
Readers, Writers, and Speakers: Although the Scriptures are available in the Madurese language in both audio and print, the vast majority of Madura have never met a Christian. Pray asking the Holy Spirit how you can be a part of teaching Scripture to the Madurese.
Problem Solvers: Lack of clean water and poverty is prevalent among Madurese communities. Finding ways to extract fresh water from seawater is greatly needed. Do you have a solution which can be accessible to the Madurese to assist them in providing clean water and improving their quality of life?