Javanese in Saudi Arabia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


The Javanese (Orang Jawa, "people of Java") originate from Central Java, Indonesia. They are a hospitable people, usually inviting visitors to share a meal with the family. Families are often quite large, some having between 10 and 17 children. Marriages are grand affairs that sometimes last up to three days. They are predominantly Sunni Muslims. During weddings and circumcision rituals they perform the jedur (songs of praise to the prophet Mohammed) which is compiled in a book called Silawatan. They also perform the kempling (a type of dance giving praise to Allah) during religious occasions.

Ministry Obstacles

The Javanese have a long and strong commitment to their present religion, which is part of their culture.

Outreach Ideas

No doubt many of the Javanese in Saudi Arabia are living there for work. Pray that they will interact with the many workers in Saudi Arabia who follow Christ.

Prayer Focus

There are many Christians among the Javanese in other countries, but not in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps Christian Javanese will remember their brethren in Saudi Arabia. Pray to this end. Please pray the Javanese in Saudi Arabia will relate well with neighboring peoples, and will thrive as a community.

Scripture Prayers for the Javanese in Saudi Arabia.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
People Name General Javanese
People Name in Country Javanese
Pronunciation jah-vah-NEEZ
Population this Country 31,000
Population all Countries 18,403,000
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Jawa; Orang Jawa; जावेनीस
People ID 17000
ROP3 Code 112316
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Language Javanese (31,000 speakers)
Language Code jav   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Javanese (31,000 speakers)
Language Code jav   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Javanese

Primary Language:  Javanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1852-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2001)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Javanese
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Final Night
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Javanese
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Javanese Bible
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.80 %
Ethnic Religions
30.20 %
0.00 %
67.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
4.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
11.0 %
65.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  Kerry Olson  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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