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Bawean, Madurese in Singapore

Bawean, Madurese

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
28,000 Madura Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %   

Bawean, Madurese in Singapore

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Introduction / History
The island name originated from Kawi which means "having the sunlight." In 1350 Sailors saw a glimpse of light around it. In the 18-20th centuries the island was named Lubok by the Dutch but the name Bawean continued to be used among locals and the name Lubok was abandoned in the 1940s. The island can also be known as Boyan and it's inhabitants known as Boyanese. The island officially joined the Republic of Indonesia in 1950.

Where are they located?
Bawean is an island of Indonesia. It is north of Java Island. It is a small island (only 15 km in diameter) and is home to an extinct volcano. The population is 75,000 but more than 26,000 live and work outside of Bawean including Singapore. Of the island population over half lives in the city of Sangkapura.

What are their lives like?
Bawean in Singapore work and send money back to relatives. Their relatives who remain on the island, grow rice, maize, potatoes, and cocunuts. But there is frequent drought on the island. Islanders also fish and mine for onyx. Malayan influence is found in their customs, ceremonies, and folk dances.

What are their beliefs?
Most of the islanders are Sunni Muslim with some remnants of the traditional local beliefs.

What are their needs?
Work in order to care for their family.
Friends who will help them adjust to a new life and introduce them to Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Spirit would begin to work in Bawean hearts.
* Pray for the Bawean who work in Singapore would meet authentic Christian friends who would share their lives and the message of Christ with them.
* Pray that God would raise Christians among those who work in Singapore. Pray that they would be discipled and have a heart to return to their island in order to spread the gospel.


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The Madurese
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Country: Singapore
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bawean, Madurese
People Name General: Bawean
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101162
Joshua Project People ID: 10740
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 28,000
Population all Countries: 189,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Madura of Java
People Name General: Bawean
Ethnic Code: MSY44h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Madura (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mad    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Bawean
Dialect Code:13255
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam98.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1890-1987
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1994-2002
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Film / Video / Animation
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Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Bawean, Madurese in Singapore

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People Cluster
    Madura of Java     Asia, Southeast    
      Bawean Singapore    
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      Islam     Madura  
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