Palembang in Singapore


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Palembangese are divided into two groups: the Wong Jeroo and the Wong Jabo. The Wong Jeroo are the descendants of royalty and lesser heroes of the ancient kingdoms that were centered in Palembang. The Wong Jabo are the commoners.
There is some indication that the Palembang are the descendants of Javanese and Chinese kingdom administrators, although the Chinese identity is not readily admitted. One acknowledged expert on the Palembang, himself a descendant of kings, states that his people are the result of a melting pot effect that occurred along the banks of Sumatra's Musi River years ago. Over the centuries Arabs, Asian Indians, Chinese, Javanese, and other Indonesian ethnic groups blended into one group called the Palembang. They have a high unemployment rate in Sumatra, Indonesia and a small number have managed to live and work in nearby Singapore.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Palembang families are patriarchal (ruled by the father). The wife's responsibility is to maintain the order and harmony of the home so that the husband can say, "My home is my heaven." Families greatly desire male children. The grandparents on both sides of the family consider a grandson's birth to be a strengthening of their power and a guarantee of the continuation of their line of descendants.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Palembang are Muslim. Tradition plays a central role in their society. In their daily lives, they hold to the belief that "tradition is to be held in one's lap, and Islamic law is to be held in high esteem." They are also exposed to the Buddhism and secularism prevalent in Singapore. The Palembang do not currently have a complete Bible in their language, and there are few, if any, followers of Christ among them.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a sense of spiritual oppression among the Palembang. Many of them feel destined to a hopeless existence. They need to hear the truth about the one God who alone has the power to save them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Palembang in Singapore.

Pray for the Lord to provide for the Palembang's physical and spiritual needs and that they will understand this as an example of God's grace and mercy.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Palembang people.
Pray that they will have a thirst for the water of life that only Jesus can provide.
Pray for a movement to Christ that cannot be stopped.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-05-13
People Name General Palembang
People Name in Country Palembang
Pronunciation pahlem-BAHNG
Population this Country 11,000
Population all Countries 3,474,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Palembangese
People ID 14274
ROP3 Code 107781
Country Singapore
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Singapore
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Musi (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mui   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Palembang Malay
Dialect Code 15424   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Musi (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mui   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Palembang Malay
Dialect Code 15424   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Musi

Primary Language:  Musi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2019)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Final NIght
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Musi
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.95 %
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
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Andi Saleh - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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