Most Banten people make their living as farmers or merchants. In both cases, they need to be prepared to face stiff competition in this modern era. They need better educational facilities, as well as joint business ventures with outside companies to achieve a higher level of competitiveness. They live in their own province of the highly-populated island of Java. The Banten people are noted for working together for a common goal such as finishing a rice harvest or repairing a bridge.
Though the Banten people are officially Muslim, many participate in the dark arts of the occult. Many people from different regions of Indonesian come to Banten to learn their spells or to ask for help.
As a tourism area, Banten is open to the outside world, but their traditions and culture are still protected by their social mores. Tourists can offer them copies of the JESUS Film in their own language. There are also many Javanese believers living on the same island who can reach out to the Banten people.
Pray that the believers among the Banten people will live such victorious lives that they will draw others to the Savior. Pray for them to be protected from persecution.
* Pray for the Lord to open a way for Banten people to get the training they need to thrive economically. * Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Banten people that will lead them to follow Christ, and share Him with others until there is a church planting movement.
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified." Acts 20:32