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Meratus, Bukit in Indonesia

Meratus, Bukit

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
70,000 Malay, Bukit Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Meratus, Bukit in Indonesia

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The Meratus people are primarily rice farmers, raising crops in "swiddens", or clearings in the forest. Swiddens are farmed for a few years, then left for the forest to reclaim the land. The Meratus also collect forest products and trade with Banjar at markets outside the mountains. Most Meratus can speak Banjar and Indonesian since government administrators conduct business in Indonesian and trade with the Banjar people is conducted in Banjar. A Meratus person's name changes over the course of his or her life, based on their stage in life and their children's names. Most Meratus live and farm in "umbuns", which are considered the primary social units. They are classified as a semi-nomadic isolated tribe.

Ministry Obstacles
Lack of workers and lack of prayer inhibit the advance of the gospel throughout Indonesia.

Outreach Ideas
The Jesus film and gospel recordings are available in the language of the Meratus people. These can be used to strengthen the existing church as well as provide evangelistic opportunities.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are reports of some followers of Jesus among the Meratus people. Please pray for their spiritual growth as well as numeric growth. Pray they will represent Christ well within their tribe.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray the Lord will open the eyes of the Meratus people to their need and opportunity for forgiveness of sin by placing their trust in Jesus.

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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:Kalimantan Selatan Province; central interior; Sampanahan river area, northwest of Limbungan town.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Meratus, Bukit
People Name General: Meratus, Bukit
Alternate People Names:
Bukit MalayMeratus
ROP3 Code: 106152
Joshua Project People ID: 13440
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 70,000
Population all Countries: 70,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malay
People Name General: Meratus, Bukit
Ethnic Code: MSY44k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malay, Bukit (70,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bvu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Meratus, Bukit in Indonesia

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