Kerinci in Bahrain

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International Mission Board-SBC - Jacob Talley  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Kerinci
Country: Bahrain
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 27,000
World Population: 329,000
Primary Language: Kerinci
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Minangkabau-Rejang of Sumatra
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

There are a small number of Kerinci believers who can take Christ to their Muslim neighbors.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

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.

Text Source:   Joshua Project