From hot and humid to hot and dry; that is a climate change faced by the Kerinci people who migrated from Indonesia to Bahrain for work. The drop in humidity is only one of the changes they had to face. They were a farming people in Sumatra, Indonesia; but farming is not something many people do in Bahrain. Like the majority of the people in Bahrain, the Kerinci people are Sunni Muslims.
Islam is the main religion, although the Kerinci retain many animistic beliefs. In their daily lives, they use the phrases tataman (met with a ghost), tatampo (hit by a ghost) and tapijek (stepped on by a ghost) on a regular basis, demonstrating their strong belief in the spirit world.
There are a small number of Kerinci believers who can take Christ to their Muslim neighbors.
"How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard," Hebrews 2:3
Pray that this people group would not ignore good news of salvation announced by the Lord Jesus.
Pray for God's abundant spirit and physical blessings for the Kerinci people. Pray for those who love the Savior to go to the Kerinci people in Bahrain. Pray for Kerinci elders and other decision makers to accept those who come in the name of the Lord. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Kerinci people this decade.
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