Malay of Indonesia

Malay of Indonesia

The Malay people (2,370,000 people) are believed to have originated in Borneo and then expanded outwards into Sumatra and other regions, including Indonesia. These people were descendants of Austronesian-speakers who migrated from the Philippines and originally from Taiwan. Malays practiced Buddhism, Hinduism, and their native Animism before converting to Islam in the 15th century.

Ministry Obstacles

A strong commitment to Islam dating from the 15th century establishes strong ethnic group identity with that religion. To change religions threatens a person’s place in family and society.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel radio and television can be helpful. Christian workers also need to befriend these people.

Pray for the followers of Christ (Less than 2%)

Pray for the few Christian believers among the Malay, that they will have Scripture available in their language, as well as other resources to help them grow and mature. Pray they will keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pray for the entire people group

As one of the least-reached people groups, Pray the Malay of Indonesia will hunger to know more of Isa (Jesus), and will be drawn to this Man. Pray their hunger will be satisfied, that the Spirit of Christ will help them.

Scripture Focus

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15

Resource: Joshua Project

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