5 Minutes Monday: Bakumpai

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The Bakumpai are a group of Dayak people who speak the Bakumpai language and call themselves the Bakumpai. The majority follow the Islamic religion and have traditions and language which are different than those of the Banjar people. However, there are many similarities between the Bakumpai and the Dayak ethnic groups around them. In spite of this, they choose to identify themselves as different from the Dayak groups mainly because of their Islamic religion (the Dayak majority are Christian). The majority of the Bakumpai live near the Barito River, which flows through the province of Central Kalimantan. In Southern Kalimantan, the Bakumpai live in Barito Kuala regency while those in Central Kalimantan live in South Barito regency. Their neighbors in the south are the Banjar people and in the north the Ngaju and Maanyan peoples. Some experts speculate that the Bakumpai are one of the sub-groups of the Ngaju people group, although the Bakumpai consider themselves a separate people group. The Bakumpai language is part of the Dayak ethnolinguistic grouping called the West of Greater Barito which also includes the Kohin, Ot Danum, Ngaju and Siang. (source Joshua Project)

Over 170,000 people of Bakumpai people who live in this area. There are no believers and they have no Bible at all. Beside spiritual needs, they need medical attention. Please more detail on Joshua Project website about the needs.

Please pray for them. Pray asking God to send His church to reach out to them. Pray asking God to send people who can translate His word into their language so they may come to understand the truth that will deliver them and set them free.

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