The Pattani Malay form an ethnic community in the rich southern provinces of Thailand. The Pattani, a devout Muslim people, are the descendants of Malaysian Muslims. Due to their dedication to the Islamic faith, the Pattani have a distinct identity in Thailand. They live in a place that is like a cultural ecotone between the Muslim Malay cultures to the south and the Buddhist Thai cultures to the north. Over the years, their unique Muslim culture has led to many separatist movements against the Thai government. Because the Pattani Province is located a great distance from the center of the Thai government, the Pattani have developed a feeling of uniqueness and independence. However, each time the government tries to centralize control in the state, Pattani Malay independence is threatened. This has resulted in a resentment towards the government. Most Pattani Malays are self-employed either as farmers or fishermen.
Islam teaches that one is saved through obeying the law. There is no room for a holy savior in Islam. Often Muslims hear negative things about Christian beliefs before they have a chance to hear from a Christian.
There are churches in Thailand that can potentially reach the Pattany Malay people with church planting efforts. OneHope works to get Scriptures to children in all parts of Thailand, including Pattani Province.
There are a few reported followers of Christ among the Pattani Malay, so pray they well be strengthened in the faith. Pray that many will soon accept the blessings of Christ for their families.
* Pray for God’s peace in southern Thailand. * Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal Christ to Pattani Malay leaders. * Pray that God the Son, Jesus Christ, will come to Pattani Malay leaders in dreams. * Ask the Lord to raise up persons of peace among the Pattani Malay who will receive the gospel and pass it to many others.
" ... having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people." Revelation 14:6