Bali – Island of the gods


Bali is the most well known and visited island in Indonesia. Its beautiful beaches, mountains and rice fields have made it world renowned and a popular tourist destination for those seeking an island retreat. 

There are a little over 4 million Balinese. Despite millions of visitors yearly, Bali is still an unreached people group. Only 0.16% of the population are Evangelical and the rest are Hindu. This is why the island is called “the island of the gods.”

Bali is unique in that it is one of the few areas in Indonesia that practices Hinduism. When Islam influenced the island of Java in the 13th century and many Javanese became Muslims, large numbers of priests, artists, and intellectuals fled to Bali who disagreed with the conversion. Since then Bali has continued to be a Hindu concentrated island.

The COVID19 impact devastated Bali because they rely on tourism to bring in 50% of the revenue. In 2020, all but 10% of tourism companies had closed. Fortunately, wealthy Indonesians helped the economy as they started traveling to Bali since they couldn’t travel outside of the country. Now Bali is slowly reopening and tourists can now travel there as the COVID situation is improving in Indonesia.  

~ Prayers for Bali~

 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Rom. 10:14-15

  • Pray that church planting teams are led to Balinese who are seeking Truth and who will come to believe
  • Christian tourists would have opportunities to share the good news with locals at the hotels, beaches, and shops.
  • For Bali to build up its economy again and recover from COVID19