West Coast Bajau in Malaysia

Unreached of the Day  5/25/2021

West Coast Bajau in Malaysia

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it's hard to imagine a world without clocks. For the Bunku Bajau people of Malaysia, time flows not by the clock but by when the sun rises and sets. Birthdays have little meaning. They are masters of the waters, focused on fishing and hunting to support their families. They spend hours on the water and many are expert deep-sea divers.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bunku Bajau are a Muslim people who have deep roots in Islamic culture. If one converts out of Islam, they lose their cultural identity and their position in the community. Many followers of Christ also fear reaching out to the Bunku Bajau due to possible repercussions.

Outreach Ideas

Many of Jesus' disciples were fishermen. Jesus' parables about fishing would speak to the hearts of the Bunku Bajau. Believers can use fishing as a way to connect with this community.

Scripture Focus

"Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!"  Psalm 128:1

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from this people group will have the joy that comes from fearing and following the Lord.

Prayer Focus

Due to the increase in competition in the global fish trade, the Bunku Bajau are pushed to use more commercial fishing methods, which are less sustainable. Pray that they would be able to diversify their economy. Pray that followers of Christ in surrounding communities would share him with the Bunku Bajau people. Pray that the love of Jesus Christ would touch these masters of the sea in such a way that there would be a spontaneous church planting movement.



People Name West Coast Bajau
Pronunciationbah-JOW
Country Malaysia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 247,000
World Population 259,000
Language Bajau, West Coast
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Translation Needed
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings No
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image