Balaesan in Indonesia

The Balaesan have only been reported in Indonesia
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Introduction / History

The Balaesang are an indigenous people who live on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. They became Muslims after coming into contract with Arab and Indian traders hundreds of years ago. According to peoplegroups.org, no Scripture currently exists in their language, either as recordings or in written form. The Balaesang language is considered endangered as only about 4000 people currently speak it.

In the early 20th century, the Dutch colonialists sent evangelists into the Balaesang region, but the people seem to have resisted and remained loyal to Islam and their folk religion.


Where Are they Located?

The Balaesang live on a small western peninsula on Sulawesi. Most live in the coastal villages although some reside in the mountainous interior.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Balaesang make their living by hunting, fishing and agriculture. Their main stable food is sago, the pulp of certain palm trees. They also grow peanuts, corn, and coconuts. Most Balaesang live in isolated villages where an elder or group of elders make the decisions and settle their legal disputes. Most men have only one wife.
Many of the Balaesang are illiterate. Their children generally quit school early to help their families make a living. Most Balaesang have learned to speak the national Indonesian language of Bahasa so they can communicate with outsiders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Balaesang claim to be Muslims but their Islam is heavily influenced by animism. The supreme God Allah is seen as remote from their daily lives. The Balaesang believe they must appease the evil spirits who live around them. A village shaman offers chants, charms and rituals to protect the Balaesang from the power of the spirits. The Balaesang live constant fear of offending the evil spirits and their ancestors.


What Are Their Needs?

All Balaesang need to hear the life-changing message of Isa or Jesus Christ. He alone can deliver them from their fear of evil spirits. The Balaesang would benefit by the introduction of solar panels that could help them run appliances and cell phones. Medical teams could vastly improve the health of the people.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Balaesan in Indonesia.

* Pray the Lord sends Holy Spirit anointed workers to the Balaesang to help with their physical and spiritual needs.
* Pray the small group of believers among the Balaesang grows and that evangelical churches are planted in each village.
* Pray that gospel recordings are made available in the Balaesang language and made easily available.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balaesang_language
https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=22786
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balaesang


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Pray for Sulawesi
People Name General Balaesan
People Name in Country Balaesan
World Population 6,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 10600
ROP3 Code 100831
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 Sulawesi Tengah Province, Donggala regency, Balaesang subdistrict, Manimbayu peninsula, Ketong, Kamonji, and Rano villages.   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 Sulawesi Tengah Province, Donggala regency, Balaesang subdistrict, Manimbayu peninsula, Ketong, Kamonji, and Rano villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Balaesang (6,800 speakers)
Language Code bls   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Balaesan
Dialect Code 7597   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Balaesang (6,800 speakers)
Language Code bls   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Balaesan
Dialect Code 7597   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Balaesang

Primary Language:  Balaesang

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more