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Ambonese in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
325,000 Malay, Ambonese Christianity 70.00 % 40.00 % No   

Ambonese in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Ambonese Malay people live in central Maluku. They are located primarily in and around the city of Ambon, on the island of Ambon. Ambonese Malay is a creole language spoken as a second language by many in surrounding areas.

What are their lives like?
Many people are employed as government workers, fishermen, teachers, doctors, and nurses. The Ambonese Malay are also known for being excellent singers and storytellers.

Tension still exists today from the violence in the area between January 1999 and February 2002. Since the violence, more segregation is present between Christians and Muslims.

What are their beliefs?
Islam and Christianity are the main religions of the Ambonese Malay people with adherents comprising about 55% and 45% of the population, respectively. The Protestant Dutch Reformed Church is the largest and most influential Christian group. Traditional animistic beliefs also persist among a majority of the Ambonese Malay.

What are their needs?
The Ambonese Malay people need the Scriptures translated into their language.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Scripture to be translated into Ambonese Malay, and that a team of local translators would make this a priority.
* Pray that the church hierarchy will see the value of a translation of the Ambonese Malay Bible.
* Pray that the people would view their language as a mode of communication for serious topics.

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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:Maluku Province, Seram Bagian Barat regency, Kota Ambon, Hoamoa peninsula, coastal strip on Piru bay, east shore of bay from Kamarian to Seriholu; Makulu Tengah regency, Banda seacoast, Kota Ambon, Nusa Laut island, upper Elpaputih bay past Amahai, east to Sepa; Ceram sea coast from Karlutu east around Cape Namaa to Sawai on Sawai bay; Kepulauan Aru regency, northwest Aru island group, Wamar island.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Ambonese
People Name General: Ambonese
Alternate People Names:
AmbonMalay Ambonese
ROP3 Code: 100274
Joshua Project People ID: 10284
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 325,000
Population all Countries: 376,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Maluku-Central
People Name General: Ambonese
Ethnic Code: AON09e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malay, Ambonese
Language Code (ISO): abs    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Melayu Ambon
Dialect Code:733
Secondary Languages:
Muna (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 40.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam30.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1931-2016
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Malay, Ambonese
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malay, Ambonese
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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Ambonese in Indonesia

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    Maluku-Central     Asia, Southeast    
      Ambonese Indonesia    
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