Javanese in Saudi Arabia

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Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Javanese
Country: Saudi Arabia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 32,000
World Population: 18,382,800
Primary Language: Javanese
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 2.80 %
Evangelicals: 1.50 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Java
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


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.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are many Christians among the Javanese in other countries, but fewer in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps Christian Javanese will remember their brethren in Saudi Arabia. Pray to this end.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Javanese in Saudi Arabia will relate well with neighboring peoples, and will thrive as a community.

Text Source:   Joshua Project