Belide of Indonesia The Belide people group is comprised of about 20 villages. Approximately 60% of Belide men work as rubber tree tappers or laborers on pineapple plantations. Others work as traders or government employees. The Belide communities are typically led by three men: a political leader, a village chief chosen by the people, and a religious leader, Although the Belide are Muslims, many still believe in superstition and evil spirits. Many write verses from the Qur'an on small pieces of paper and carry them as protection against evil. A dukun (shaman/healer/occultist) is often called to heal the sick and exorcise evil spirits.
Ministry Obstacles Spiritual opposition can be expected whenever the name and work of Jesus is lifted up. Workers should be in prayer about this.
Outreach Ideas Pray that Christians in other Indonesian people groups will become concerned about the Belide people, and will take the good news of Christ to them. Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Belide, as a resource.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are likely no followers of Jesus among the Belide people. Pray the Lord is now awakening an interest in Isa (Jesus) mentioned in the Qur'an, drawing people to investigate the person and words of Jesus.
Pray for the entire people group The Belide people need help to increase the quantity and quality of their agricultural produce. Better infrastructure in the areas of education and transportation is also desperately needed.
Scripture Focus "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations ... Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth." Psalm 57:9-11