People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Balinese of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 150

ROP3 Code: 100850
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Bali-Sasak
Language: Balinese - (ban)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: Indonesia

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Majority Located Where

  Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA - 150

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Brief Profile

Balinese people, from the island of Bali, Indonesia, are an amalgamation of Chinese, Indian, Arabs, and other groups coming directly to Bali or by way of Java. After several centuries, they adhere to their own distinct language and cultural forms.

Their language has a system of politeness levels. When addressing one another, they address the Hindu Brahman priests one way, address people of high social status, older people, or one's parents another way, while talk to those they consider of equal or inferior status in another way.

Their practiced form of Hinduism is quite distinct from other practiced forms of Hinduism in India. It is filled with more rituals and dramatic features, causing it to permeate the daily life of a Balinese person. As a result, they have interwoven their secular and religious life in such a way that one can say every little action of a Balinese has some religious connotation.

Their ritualistic practices are displayed in stone and wood carvings, cremation ceremony, trance dances, and vibrant music - all intended to please the gods and the goddesses. The temple is the center of their ritualistic practices.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God to send evangelical Christians who will seek out and discover where the Balinese people in the United States reside.
  • Pray God will work through dreams and visions to reveal the truth found in the one and only Messiah Jesus Christ for the world.
  • Pray that evangelical Christians will intentionally become friends with Balinese people and minister to their physical and spiritual needs.

People Group Resources

Hindu Gospel Storying Set
Back translation of the Bible studies developed for those with a Hindi-speaking and Hindu worldview.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Hinduism Beliefs
A belief bulletin by North American Mission Board on Hinduism.

Other Resources

Foundations for Teaching the Bible
Scripture lessons to help new believers from Hindu backgrounds examine their worldview.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesDes MoinesDes Moines-West Des MoinesIA150