Java of Indonesia
Primary Religion: Islam (97.2%)
Known Christians: 2.8% (1,009,932)
The Java inhabit the villages, small towns and cities which stretch south from the North Java Sea to the hills and mountains that span two-thirds of the length of the island of Java. They are not emotionally reserved and in personal communication they can be direct and aggressive. Reading the Qur'an and practicing martial arts take is their chief form of activity of working in the fields or fishing. Nearly all profess the Sunni Islamic faith, but Sufi mystical beliefs are widely practiced. Many seek to practice the nine guidelines laid down by Sunan Ja'far and Sunan Kalijaga, two of the nine original Islamic missionaries who brought Islam to the north coast of Java.
These nine guidelines include: religious law, reality, mysticism, wisdom, confession of faith, ritual prayers, alms, fasting and pilgrimage. Year around groups of Java people travel to the graves of Sunan Ja'far and Sunan Kalijaga beseeching the ancient spirits for health, salvation and sustenance. Ask the Lord to call loving Christians who will take the Gospel to the Java for the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom, favor, and unity to missions agencies. Pray that God will give the few believers many opportunities to share Christ with their own people and to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession. May the Lord bring forth a triumphant Java church.
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