Ambonese in Indonesia


Population
312,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Ambonese Malay people live in central Maluku. They are located primarily in and around the city of Ambon, on the island of Ambon. Ambonese Malay is a creole language spoken as a second language by many in surrounding areas, and is the mother tongue of about 200,000.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many people are employed as government workers, fishermen, teachers, doctors, and nurses. The Ambonese Malay are also known for being excellent singers and storytellers.

Tension still exists today from the violence in the area between January 1999 and February 2002. Since the violence, more segregation is present between Christians and Muslims.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam and Christianity are the main religions of the Ambonese Malay people with adherents comprising about 55% and 45% of the population, respectively. The Protestant Dutch Reformed Church is the largest and most influential Christian group. Traditional animistic beliefs also persist among a majority of the Ambonese Malay.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ambonese Malay people need the Scriptures translated into their language.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Scripture to be translated into Ambonese Malay, and that a team of local translators would make this a priority.
* Pray that the church hierarchy will see the value of a translation of the Ambonese Malay Bible.
* Pray that the people would view their language as a mode of communication for serious topics.


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People Name General Ambonese
People Name in Country Ambonese
Population in Indonesia 312,000
World Population 363,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ambon, Malay Ambonese, Moluccan
People ID 10284
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Maluku, Ambon, Haruku, Nusa Laut, Saparua Islands, along the coastal areas of Seram, and south Maluku   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Maluku, Ambon, Haruku, Nusa Laut, Saparua Islands, along the coastal areas of Seram, and south Maluku.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Malay, Ambonese   People group listing
Language Code: abs   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Ambonese
Dialect Code: 733   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Muna
Primary Language: Malay, Ambonese   People group listing
Language Code: abs   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Ambonese
Dialect Code: 733   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Muna
Primary Language: Malay, Ambonese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2007-2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
 
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 40.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
30.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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