Meratus, Bukit in Indonesia

Meratus, Bukit
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Map Source:  Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
People Name: Meratus, Bukit
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 70,000
World Population: 70,000
Primary Language: Malay, Bukit
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Malay
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


The Meratus people are primarily rice farmers, raising crops in "swiddens", or clearings in the forest. Swiddens are farmed for a few years, then left for the forest to reclaim the land. The Meratus also collect forest products and trade with Banjar at markets outside the mountains. Most Meratus can speak Banjar and Indonesian since government administrators conduct business in Indonesian and trade with the Banjar people is conducted in Banjar. A Meratus person's name changes over the course of his or her life, based on their stage in life and their children's names. Most Meratus live and farm in "umbuns", which are considered the primary social units. They are classified as a semi-nomadic isolated tribe.

Ministry Obstacles

Lack of workers and lack of prayer inhibit the advance of the gospel throughout Indonesia.

Outreach Ideas

The Jesus film and gospel recordings are available in the language of the Meratus people. These can be used to strengthen the existing church as well as provide evangelistic opportunities.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are reports of some followers of Jesus among the Meratus people. Please pray for their spiritual growth as well as numeric growth. Pray they will represent Christ well within their tribe.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Lord will open the eyes of the Meratus people to their need and opportunity for forgiveness of sin by placing their trust in Jesus.

Text Source:   Joshua Project