Konjo Coastal of Indonesia The Coastal Konjo are a community which maintains traditional ways of living, such as wearing black clothes, not using tools and practicing occultism as part of their animistic worship. They have never had a king and do not follow a system of social stratification like other Konjo groups. They tend to be materialistic and proud. They demonstrate a competitive desire to gain more wealth but spend lavishly to impress others. They also feel that they must protect their siri (honor/self-esteem), as well as that of the community. They are Muslim, however animistic practices are still maintained and the Islamic religious leader does not have much influence. The people choose him for leading religious ceremonies and duties in the mosque. An Amma Toa (old father) from the Konjo Hitam is regarded as the religious leader in the area and is feared because of his magical powers.
Ministry Obstacles This people group is strongly committed to their traditions, and they are a proud people.
Outreach Ideas Gospel recordings are available in their language. Pray for workers to take these to the people.
Pray for the followers of Christ Please pray for those few individuals in this tribe who are Christians. Pray they will clearly understand what it means to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, trusting him fully for forgiveness of sin and for power to live this life.
Pray for the entire people group The Coastal Konjo need to be prepared for encountering the changes of the modern world so that they can adapt to the changing world without losing their identity. They need leaders who understand loyalty to traditional customs while also introducing new and beneficial practices. Pray for these things.
Scripture Focus "Now to Him who is able to do exceedlingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21