Malay in Indonesia

Unreached of the Day  5/29/2018

Malay in Indonesia

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.

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

Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of families and communities within the Malay through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.

Pray for the followers of Christ

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

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.

Scripture Focus

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



People Name Malay
Country Indonesia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 3,171,000
World Population 11,623,000
Language Malay
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image