Day 19: The Indonesian Merantau
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Among the rural class of people on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, the concept of merantau is popular. Merantau simply means “to wander about.”
This concept usually involves a young person, particularly a male, leaving home in his late teens or early 20s to wander for an indefinite period of time wherever he wants to go. As the person travels from rural areas to the city, he might be seeking his fame and fortune. He will take any jobs with the hope of a brighter future and looking for an “experience” in the form of both a job or profession and life in general.
The person is often unsure of what he is looking for, and is often more open and feels less social pressure from their family, friends and neighbors. As a result, it is easier and less risky to share the gospel with these young people outside their villages.
It is also possible for the reverse to take place. It is possible to send young Indonesian missionaries to new places and have them simply show up and explain to the local people that they are on a merantau. This is an acceptable way to get to know a new community and share the message of Jesus.
– Pray for Indonesians on a merantau, that those wandering aimlessly would wander right into the Kingdom of God.
– Pray that Christians, particularly businessmen, would see these young men as potential people they can invest in, both for a business experience and for the Kingdom of God.
– Pray for the release of young enthusiastic missionaries to go on a merantau to tough unreached areas to see God’s Kingdom established in areas where at this time there is no witness of the gospel!