Kerinci in Bahrain

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


From hot and humid to hot and dry; that is a climate change faced by the Kerinci people who migrated from Indonesia to Bahrain for work. The drop in humidity is only one of the changes they had to face. They were a farming people in Sumatra, Indonesia; but farming is not something many people do in Bahrain. Like the majority of the people in Bahrain, the Kerinci people are Sunni Muslims.

Ministry Obstacles

Islam is the main religion, although the Kerinci retain many animistic beliefs. In their daily lives, they use the phrases tataman (met with a ghost), tatampo (hit by a ghost) and tapijek (stepped on by a ghost) on a regular basis, demonstrating their strong belief in the spirit world.

Outreach Ideas

There are a small number of Kerinci believers who can take Christ to their Muslim neighbors.

Prayer Focus

Pray for God's abundant spirit and physical blessings for the Kerinci people.
Pray for those who love the Savior to go to the Kerinci people in Bahrain.
Pray for Kerinci elders and other decision makers to accept those who come in the name of the Lord.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Kerinci people this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Kerinci in Bahrain.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kerinci
People Name in Country Kerinci
Pronunciation kare-EEN-chee
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 329,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kerinchi; Mokomoko; Ulu
People ID 12640
ROP3 Code 104863
Primary Language Kerinci (27,000 speakers)
Language Code kvr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kerinci (27,000 speakers)
Language Code kvr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kerinci

Primary Language:  Kerinci

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2021)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kerinci
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  International Mission Board-SBC - Jacob Talley  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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