Amarasi in Indonesia

The Amarasi have only been reported in Indonesia
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

Amarasi farmers cultivate Indonesia’s Timor Island, where most people live in the mountainous interior. Families farm small plots of land for food to eat and sell. They also raise livestock, such as chickens, cattle, and pigs.

Their monsoon climate determines each year’s rhythm of life. They can only grow crops during a short, intense rainy season, then store food for the extended drought from April to December.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Christianity was introduced early in the 21st century and more than 99 percent call themselves Christian. It brought with it church schools, offering three years of study to all children. Therefore, literacy is widespread, but most reading and writing is limited to the national Indonesian language.


What Are Their Needs?

Translation is being drafted by a group of mother tongue speakers, based on a translation in progress in the related, regional Creole language, Kupang Malay. God has called farmers, other local people and a university professor to work on this team.

Amarasi pastors, working part time, help revise the drafts. They gain more understanding of God’s Word by using translated portions to teach their congregations. Believers are encouraged in their personal faith, as they use heart language Scriptures in church, in groups, and in personal Bible study.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Amarasi in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Amarasi
People Name in Country Amarasi
World Population 79,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Timor Amarasi
People ID 10269
ROP3 Code 100256
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, southwest tip, Timor island, Kupang regency; on Timur sea near Benini point east to Ela point, interior as far north as Oesa town: 80 villages. Dialect locations: Kotos is central and east, Ro’is is west, Ro’is Tais Nonof is south, Ro’is Hero near Kota Kupang.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, southwest tip, Timor island, Kupang regency; on Timur sea near Benini point east to Ela point, interior as far north as Oesa town: 80 villages. Dialect locations: Kotos is central and east, Ro’is is west, Ro’is Tais Nonof is south, Ro’is Hero near Kota Kupang..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Amarasi (79,000 speakers)
Language Code aaz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Amarasi (79,000 speakers)
Language Code aaz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Amarasi

Primary Language:  Amarasi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2011)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2014-2015)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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National Bible Societies
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: The Word of God: New Testament with Genesis
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source Abinenoclaudio  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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