Bawean in Malaysia






Largest Religion

Main Language


Debt of Honor

Source Create International

Introduction / History

The island name originated from Kawi which means "having the sunlight." In 1350 Sailors saw a glimpse of light around it. In the 18-20th centuries the island was named Lubok by the Dutch but the name Bawean continued to be used among locals and the name Lubok was abandoned in the 1940's. The island can also be known as Boyan and it's inhabitants known as Boyanese. The island officially joined the Republic of Indonesia in 1950.

Where are they Located?

Bawean is an island of Indonesia. It is north of Java Island. It is a small island (only 15 km in diameter) and is home to an extinct volcano. The population is 75,000 but more than 26,000 live and work outside of Bawean including Malaysia. Of the island population over half lives in the city of Sangkapura.

What are Their Lives Like?

Bawean in Malaysia work and send money back to relatives. Their relatives who remain on the island, grow rice, maize, potatoes, and cocunuts. But there is frequent drought on the island. Islanders also fish and mine for onyx. Malayan influence is found in their customs, ceremonies, and folk dances.

What are Their Beliefs?

Most of the islanders are Sunni Muslim with some remnants of the traditional local beliefs.

What are Their Needs?

Work in order to care for their family.
Friends who will help them adjust to a new life and introduce them to Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Spirit would begin to work in Bawean hearts.
* Pray for the Bawean who work in Malaysia would meet authentic Christian friends who would share their lives and the message of Christ with them.
* Pray that God would raise Christians among those who work in Malaysia. Pray that they would be discipled and have a heart to return to their island in order to spread the gospel.


Profile Source:   Rachel Routt  

People Name General Bawean
People Name in Country Bawean
Population in Malaysia 54,000
World Population 178,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baweanese, Boyanese
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Madura of Java
People Name General Bawean
Ethnic Code MSY44h
People ID 10740
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Madura: Bawean (53,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Madura: Bawean 53,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1890-1987)
New Testament Yes
Complete Bible Yes   (1994)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Madura
Film / Video Madurese Language Film

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: PhotoRays  
Map Source: IPN - Indonesian People Network   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Rachel Routt  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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