Bisaya in Malaysia

Unreached of the Day  9/28/2021

Bisaya in Malaysia

Have you heard of the "middle people," the Bisaya of Western Saba and Brunei Bay, Malaysia? They live along the "middle" stretches of the Limbang River, hence they are known as "people of the middle" or "people of the river," where they live in stilt long houses on the river front where they fish. They also farm inland. Their houses are divided into apartments where extended families live. This indigenous people group is overwhelmingly Muslim, but they mix orthodox Islamic beliefs with animistic and shamanistic practices.

Ministry Obstacles

Obstacles to ministry include a lack of Scripture in their language, lack of Spirit-empowered witness and evangelism, and a lack of intercessory prayer for them.

Outreach Ideas

Outreach is possible through Scripture portions and gospel messages in their language. There are other indigenous peoples with a gospel witness who can reach out to them if motivated by the Holy Spirit. Medical clinics are replacing shamans. Pray that the churches on Sarawak would pray for their kinsmen in Western Saba and Brunei Bay and seek to evangelize them as the Spirit leads. Pray that Christian doctors and clinics would be established among the Bisayas of Malaysia.

Scripture Focus

"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him."  John 4:23

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group soon begins to worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

Prayer Focus

Pray that the Middle People would become open to the gospel and Christian witness. Pray for a mighty movement to Christ among them this decade.



People Name Bisaya
Pronunciationbee-SAH-yah
Country Malaysia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 74,000
World Population 88,000
Language Bisaya, Sabah
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image