Palembang is the name of a city and a people group. The Palembang people live mostly in Palembang city, but also live in other areas. A typical Palembang house is designed in a distinctive pyramid shape. Most of their houses are raised, standing above water or land. A child is free to draw family lineage by choosing his family or clan name from the father's or the mother's clan. Other traditions are also "free". For example, a newlywed couple is free to live wherever they want. Although Islamic commitment is very high, the role of the shaman is still prominent in many areas of life. For example, if something is lost or someone is sick, a shaman is usually consulted first.
The Palembang is a very large people group, and has a long history of strong commitment to Islam.
Please pray the very few followers of Jesus among the Palembang will grow in maturity and numbers, such that they will be able to take the good news of Christ to all their own tribe. They will need help from Christians outside the tribe, since the task is large.
Please pray the few followers of Jesus among the Palembang will learn to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances.
Because of their dependence on rice as their livelihood, the Palembang people need irrigation technology so they can make use of the river water for irrigating their rice farms in order to have two or even three harvests a year.
"For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations ... says the Lord of hosts." Malachi 1:11