Malay, Riau in Indonesia

Unreached of the Day  6/08/2019

Malay, Riau in Indonesia

The Riaus are peaceful farmers and fishermen living on the northern coast of central Sumatra. They are closely related to the Malays living across the sea from them in Malaysia. It would be safe to call them a Malay subgroup. They keep to themselves and don’t mingle with outsiders.

Ministry Obstacles

They cling tightly to Islam, the one outside idea this people group has embraced. The Riau tend to be distrustful of Christian missionaries, or anyone else bringing them strange religious ideas.

Outreach Ideas

There are believers from other people groups on Sumatra Island who can go to the Riau Malay people. Pray this will happen soon.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray that the few followers of Christ among the Riau Malay people will be so full of the love and joy of the Holy Spirit that others will be willing to put their faith in Jesus as well. Pray that these believers will be protected from persecution.

Pray for the entire people group

* When a Riau Malay person decides individually to follow Christ, they are usually viewed as a rebel who has rejected their own people. Therefore, pray that the Lord will give dreams and visions to Riau Malay family leaders that will open their hearts to Jesus. * Pray for a movement to Christ among the Riau Malay people.

Scripture Focus

"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96:3



People Name Malay, Riau
Country Indonesia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 1,860,000
World Population 1,876,000
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