Riau Malay in Indonesia

Unreached of the Day  6/08/2021

Riau Malay in Indonesia

pronounced: ree-OW muh-LAY

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.

Scripture Focus

"The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation."  Psalm 145:9

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from this people group will understand that He is good to everyone, and His compassion has no end.

Prayer Focus

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. * 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.

People Name Riau Malay
Pronunciationree-OW muh-LAY
Country Indonesia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 1,880,000
World Population 1,896,000
Language Malay
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image