Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia

Unreached of the Day  6/27/2019

Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia

The Cocos Malays are the majority population of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia. The Malay were the first permanent inhabitants of the island, along with Alexander Hare. They were brought as slaves and members of his harem. When a previous claimant, John Clunies-Ross, arrived a year later in 1827, he took the island back, employing the existing population in the harvest of coconuts. Because of the unbroken European rule of the islands, the culture has been mostly Western. The majority of the group is Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles

The majority religion in this small island territory is Islam. There may be resistance to attempts to share the gospel.

Outreach Ideas

Aside from coconut harvesting and a bit of tourism the Cocos Islands have little sustainability. Perhaps the believers there could create a micro-business that would benefit their Muslim neighbors as they simultaneously share Christ with them.

Pray for the followers of Christ

The Christians living on the islands are in the minority and may feel very isolated. Pray they will meet together in joyful unity.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among families and communities. Pray the Cocos Islanders will continue to feel empowered in making decisions that affect them. Pray they will not be exploited by interests external to the island.

Scripture Focus

"The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad." Psalm 97:1

People Name Malay, Cocos Islands
Country Australia
10/40 Window No
Population 1,200
World Population 8,000
Language Malay, Cocos Islands
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