The West Lembata people are also known as the Ata Lembata. This ethnic group lives on the island of Lembata, which is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. They speak the Lembata language, which is a member of the Austronesian language family.
Most of the West Lembata people are farmers, fishermen and weavers. People value the intricate designs in their cloth goods. They grow corn, sweet potatoes and cassava and fish in the nearby waters. In order to maintain their livelihood, the West Lembata people have actively promoted sustainable development and the preservation of their environment.
The West Lembata people have their own animistic religion which involves the worship of ancestral spirits and deities of the natural surroundings. Their beliefs have been influenced by Roman Catholicism since the days when the Portuguese sent missionaries in the 1700s.
Though they are economically marginalized, the West Lembata people have kept their cultural ways.
Pray for many from this unreached people group to understand both God’s judgment and his majestic glory.
Pray for loving workers to go to the West Lembata people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that result in thousands of new disciples who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.
Scripture Prayers for the Lembata, West in Indonesia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Lembata, West|
|People Name in Country||Lembata, West|
|Natural Name||West Lembata|
|Population this Country||9,500|
|Population all Countries||9,500|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||33 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Nusa Tenggara Timur Province; Lembata island, western end. Source: Ethnologue 2016|