“Madurese Batik Worker” 2011 by
According to Joshua Project:
"E tembang pote matah, angok pote tolang" means "it is better to
die than to be humiliated". This is a common Madura sentiment
that typifies their nature, a proud and purposeful people, who
are known as fierce fighters and very hard workers. They are
said to be the most loyal of friends but the fiercest of
enemies. The Madura people are renowned for their harsh
character and lifestyles. This is probably caused by their
natural surroundings and their history of oppression by others,
both of which have made life very difficult for them.
Nevertheless, their harsh temperament can be seen positively if
one examines their work ethic. Most of them work extremely hard
and refuse to give up. Neither men nor women shrink from hard
work in order to meet basic needs.”
On the island of Madura most
of them are farmers, but they have to supplement their
subsistence with fishing and other things.
Some are even sailors and those who are in Java are
fishermen, bicycle-taxi drivers, sailors and unskilled laborers.
Their average family income is lower than the Indonesian
Their marriages are arranged by the parents.
Family ties are very close; they consider distant
relatives the same as close relatives.
They are devout Muslims, but
they also seek out magic spells that they use in an attempt to
control good and evil spirits.
The majority live on the island of Madura and in the
eastern part of the island of Java.
They are the third largest people group in Indonesia.
0.02 % adherent and 0.01 % evangelical
The complete Bible has been translated into the Madura
language and the Jesus film is also available as well as some
There has been no active church-planting in the last
Pray that their leaders and holy men will seek to have a
closer relationship with God.
Pray that the Lord will reveal himself to them in visions
Pray that Christian workers will go to their villages and
live and work among them; loving them as Jesus does.
Pray that the Good News will be presented in a way that they
will understand it and know that God’s salvation is for them
Pray that there will be an indigenous church planted among
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