The name "Komering" comes from the Komering River, which is their life source. There are two subgroups within the Komering people - the Komering Ilir ("downstream") and Komering Ulu ("upstream"). The Komering generally live on both sides of the Komering river. The side of the river that has a main road normally has more people and is more prosperous. As a result, the people in villages on the side of the river without a main road tend to move to villages that have a road. Most Komering are followers of Islam, which strongly influences their culture. However they also still believe in spirits. They often call a shaman to heal sick people or to cast out demons. Marriages between Komering and people from other ethnic groups who are not Muslims are forbidden.
The Komering have followed Islam and animism for centuries.
The Javanese are near neighbors to the Komering and there are quite a number of believers among them. Pray they will understand the Great Commission compels them to cross cultural barriers to share the gospel with the Komering.
Please pray for the few Komering individuals who identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be zealous to know and serve Jesus Christ, and will have their faith strengthened through fellowship with each other.
The Komering River has the potential to become an irrigation source. If this could be done, it would enable year-round planting of rice. Additionally, instruction about the use of 4-month rice would increase agricultural productivity.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14