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Busoa in Indonesia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,100 Busoa Islam 4.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Busoa in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Busoa are an indigenous people who live on Buton Island in Indonesia. Buton Island was part of a Buton Sultanate from the 14th to 16th century. The Dutch ruled the island until 1949 when Indonesia became an independent nation. The Busoa’s language is considered endangered with only about 3000 speakers. The national Indonesian language of Bahasa is taught in the schools of the Buton Island.

Where are they located?
The Busoa live in villages in the southwest corner of Buton Island, the 19th largest island in Indonesia. Buton is located in the Sulawesi Tenggara Province of Indonesia.

What are their lives like?
The lives of the Busoa are changing. They are becoming more and more a part of the modern Indonesian economy. The main product of Buton Island is bitumen also known are asphalt or tar. Bitumen is used to make roads and in other areas of industry. Busoa men work at the asphalt mines as well as in agriculture and fishing. Buton Island is known for its pineapples, maize, rice, coconuts, and sago flour. Sago is pulp found in certain palm trees. Teak forests provide wood for shipbuilding and furniture.

Most Busoa still live in villages. Some have moved to cities and towns in looking for economic opportunities and a better life.

What are their beliefs?
The large majority of the Busoa are Muslims. Animism heavily influences their brand of Islam. The Busoa use charms and spells in hope or warding off the evil spirits that inhabit natural objects in their environment. Village shamans connect the Busoa with the spirit world and offer their services. The Busoa live in fear of offending the spirits and their ancestors.

There is a small group of believers among the Busoa. No current Christian resources currently are available in the Busoa’s endangered language.

What are their needs?
The Busoa need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Since the church is so small, outside assistance is necessary if the church is to grow beyond a tiny minority. Solar panels can help the Busoa who still live in villages to obtain power for appliances and cell phones. Medical teams can advance health of the Busoa. Bible translators can bring the Word of God to the Busoa in their heart language.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Lord sends workers to encourage the small church and train leaders.
* Pray that whole Busoa villages and families come to Christ.
* Pray that the Busoa would be delivered from their fear of evil spirits and embrace the love and grace of God found only in Christ.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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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:Sulawesi Tenggara Province, Buton regency, Batauga subdistrict, Busoa and Laompo villages; southwest tip, Buton island, Flores sea.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Busoa
People Name General: Busoa
ROP3 Code: 101803
Joshua Project People ID: 11045
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,100
Population all Countries: 3,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Tukangbesi of Sulawesi
People Name General: Busoa
Ethnic Code: MSY44q
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Busoa (3,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bup    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Busoa in Indonesia

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    Tukangbesi of Sulawesi     Asia, Southeast    
      Busoa Indonesia    
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