The Malay 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.
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.
Gospel radio and television can be helpful. Christian workers also need to befriend these people.
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 the Malay of Indonesia will hunger to know more of Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) and will be drawn to this Man. Pray their hunger will be satisfied, that the Spirit of Christ will help them.
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." Mark 16:15