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.
The Javanese have a long and strong commitment to their present religion, which is part of their culture.
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.
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.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Region||Middle East and North Africa|
|Persecution Rank||14 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Javanese (29,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||jav Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Javanese|
Primary Language: Javanese
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1829-1981)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Javanese|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||The Final Night (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Javanese Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|