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Kerinci in Bahrain


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Kerinci Islam 2.00 % 1.00 % No   

Kerinci in Bahrain

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Introduction / History
The Kerinci are the original ethnic group which lived on the east coast of Sumatra, a huge island in the Indonesian island chain. The Kerinci fled from local Muslim sultanates in an ancient war and moved into their existing homeland high in the Bukit Barisan Mountain range around Mount Kerinci in part of Jambi Province. Although the highlands present challenges for living, intensive agriculture coupled with fishing has been sufficient to sustain sizeable indigenous populations. In the past, the Kerinci have been able to resist assimilation from the more numerous lowland peoples of Sumatra.

Though most live in Indonesia, a small number have migrated to Bahrain for work.

What are their lives like?
From hot and humid to hot and dry; that is a climate change faced by the Kerinci people who migrated from Indonesia to Bahrain for work. The drop in humidity is only one of the changes they had to face. They were a farming people in Sumatra, Indonesia; but farming is not something many people do in Bahrain.

What are their beliefs?
Islam is the main religion, although the Kerinci retain many animistic beliefs. In their daily lives, they use the phrases tataman (met with a ghost), tatampo (hit by a ghost) and tapijek (stepped on by a ghost) on a regular basis, demonstrating their strong belief in the spirit world.

What are their needs?
The Kerinci people, be they in Indonesia or Bahrain, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords.

Prayer Points
Pray for God's abundant spirit and physical blessings for the Kerinci people.

Pray for those who love the Savior to go to the Kerinci people in Bahrain.

Pray for Kerinci elders and other decision makers to accept those who come in the name of the Lord.

Pray for a movement to Christ among the Kerinci people in Bahrain and Indonesia.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Country: Bahrain
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window: Yes
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People Name in Country: Kerinci
People Name General: Kerinci
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104863
Joshua Project People ID: 12640
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 23,000
Population all Countries: 326,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Minangkabau-Rejang of Sumatra
People Name General: Kerinci
Ethnic Code: MSY44k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kerinci (23,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kvr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam98.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2021
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kerinci
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Kerinci in Bahrain

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People Cluster
    Minangkabau-Rejang of Sumatra     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Kerinci Bahrain    
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