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Amarasi in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
78,000 Amarasi Christianity 90.00 % 6.00 % No No   

Amarasi in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
Amarasi farmers cultivate Indonesia’s Timor Island, where most people live in the mountainous interior. Families farm small plots of land for food to eat and sell. They also raise livestock, such as chickens, cattle, and pigs.

Their monsoon climate determines each year’s rhythm of life. They can only grow crops during a short, intense rainy season, then store food for the extended drought from April to December.

What are their beliefs?
Christianity was introduced early in the 21st century and more than 99 percent call themselves Christian. It brought with it church schools, offering three years of study to all children. Therefore, literacy is widespread, but most reading and writing is limited to the national Indonesian language.

What are their needs?
Translation is being drafted by a group of mother tongue speakers, based on a translation in progress in the related, regional Creole language, Kupang Malay. God has called farmers, other local people and a university professor to work on this team.

Amarasi pastors, working part time, help revise the drafts. They gain more understanding of God’s Word by using translated portions to teach their congregations. Believers are encouraged in their personal faith, as they use heart language Scriptures in church, in groups, and in personal Bible study.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, southwest tip, Timor island, Kupang regency; on Timur sea near Benini point east to Ela point, interior as far north as Oesa town: 80 villages. Dialect locations: Kotos is central and east, Ro’is is west, Ro’is Tais Nonof is south, Ro’is Hero near Kota Kupang.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Amarasi
People Name General: Amarasi
Alternate People Names:
Timor Amarasi
ROP3 Code: 100256
Joshua Project People ID: 10269
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 78,000
Population all Countries: 78,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Timor
People Name General: Amarasi
Ethnic Code: MSY44y
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Amarasi (78,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aaz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 6.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2002-2011
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Amarasi in Indonesia

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    Timor     Asia, Southeast    
      Amarasi Indonesia    
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