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  Unreached of the Day: Java Osing, Banyuwangi of Indonesia


Java Osing, Banyuwangi of Indonesia
The Java Osing never experience water shortages because they live on the slopes of the Ijen-Merapi volcano. They take great care and highly value preserving their relationships with relatives, whether they are near or far. Good relationships with others are also maintained through mutual sharing and giving, as well as trying to understand other people's feelings and abilities. This practice is summarized as tepo seliro, which means not doing something one would not want done to oneself. The Jawa Osing are known as hospitable and well-mannered people. Islam became the dominant religion of the Jawa Osing after Hinduism was pushed from their area to Bali. The Jawa Osing believe that a dukun's magical powers can heal or destroy whoever or whatever is a cause of problems.

Ministry Obstacles
No scripture is reported to be available in the Osing language.

Outreach Ideas
The Java Osing people need to hear of Jesus and his teaching to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This would be a wonderful bridge into what they already believe and practice.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Please pray for the few Java Osing people who identify themselves as Christians. They need to clearly understand the distinction that must be made between a cultural identification with Christianity and a dynamic and living relationship with Jesus Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray for this gentle tribe to learn more accurately who Jesus is and what he has done for them. Pray the Lord will give them understanding and faith to believe.

Scripture Focus
"The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18


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